The camera tucked away in the rearview mirror of the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y could be used to monitor the driver's gaze, according to a Tesla hacker. Ultimately, the manufacturer could therefore deploy an active monitoring feature to prevent any abuse of the Autopilot, as was already the case.
It’s no secret that some Tesla electric vehicle owners abuse Autopilot. Several examples in recent years highlight irresponsible behavior despite the reliability of the autonomous system. Recently, for example, a driver had fun filming the autopilot of his Model X … from the co-pilot's seat.
A few weeks ago, another user indulged in a nap on the highway at 150 km / h. In short, this type of behavior should be avoided anyway, whether Autopilot is trustworthy or not. And to try to stem this kind of phenomenon, the Californian manufacturer is working on a new active surveillance feature, reports Electrek.
To do this, the Californian firm would use the famous camera nested in the central rearview mirror of the Model 3 and Model Y. On the first named, the sensor has been installed since 2017. The specialist hacker of Tesla responding to the name of “green” revealed a series of events that this camera would succeed in capturing. Eye tracking would then play a central role in this data collection.
Increase the level of concentration
For example, the system could know if the driver closes, looks up or looks down, or understands when using his phone. If the attention is deemed too low by the vehicle, it could then alert the pilot to increase his level of concentration. In any case, this is the hypothesis made from the information published by "green".
While the central camera has long been unused by Elon Musk’s teams, the situation has recently changed. The group can now collect images and videos before a collision, on a voluntary basis only. All the data is used for research purposes in order to improve existing functionalities or develop new ones.