The Tesla EV autopilot models such as its Model 3 and Model Y vehicles now use its in-car camera to bolster its driver assistant system while autopilot controls the wheel.
The EV manufacturer advances its driver-assist software with the “cabin camera above the rearview mirror can now detect and alert driver inattentiveness while Autopilot is engaged.” It worth noting that Tesla’s Model Y or Model 3 in-car camera is tweaked with a closed-loop program that preserves and backs up live captured data.
Per Tesla’s firmware update that trends virally on Twitter, the images the in-car camera captures are stored for its autopilot use. The EV manufacturer noted that users are expected to activate data sharing — toggle this feature on, it will bolster the system to store transit information for autopilot’s perfection.
Meanwhile, Tesla users have reportedly misused its autopilot systems while sharing these contents on their social media, such as autopilot hacks on TikTok, YouTube, Snapchat, etc. And the tech company has welcomed a lot of criticism and lawsuit focused on their mistake — the tech company is expected to know better with activating its driver monitoring system safeguarding its brand and customers.
Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing at CR, said: “Consumer Reports has been calling for camera-based driver monitoring systems for automation systems like Tesla’s AutoPilot for years.” All this while Tesla has defaulted in adding safety to its driver assistant system, relying on sensors that mandate a maned driver is present.
While several tech enthusiasts have discovered hacks tricking the in-car sensors to believe in false objects or thinking a human is controlling the wheel while in motion.
“Tesla’s current system of sensing torque on the wheel cannot tell if the driver is looking at the road. If the new system proves effective, it could help prevent distraction and be a major improvement for safety – potentially saving lives. We hope that other cars are updated soon, and are looking forward to evaluating them,” Fisher added.
A standard Tesla vehicle with a driver-assist system, autopilot, with “full self-driving (FSD)” will cost an additional $10,000. A Tesla with FSD is tweaked with amazing features such as switching lanes while driving, rightfully parking, navigating a car from the highway, etc.
According to Tesla, users can easily swerve their vehicle’s navigation — drivers are expected to input their respective destination into the navigation system — simply activate navigation on autopilot.
EV manufacturers do use the essential tech to bolster the senses of its autopilot software, including, camera, radars, and LiDAR sensors to function as a tool that bolsters in-car driver assist systems such as adjusting speed to suit traffic and switching lanes by auto.
However, the model Y and 3 Tesla autopilot vehicles using in-car “Tesla Vision” camera capture and understand the environment within the vehicle — Tesla Vision bolsters autopilot to swerve road obstacles without error.