A Tesla hacker has revealed what Tesla’s driver-facing digital camera in Mannequin 3 and Mannequin Y is on the lookout for – hinting at driver monitoring characteristic.

When Tesla launched the Mannequin 3, it outfitted the car with a standard cabin-facing camera located in the rearview mirror.

On the time, the automaker mentioned that the digital camera wasn’t energetic and it could be used sooner or later.

CEO Elon Musk mentioned that it will likely be used to prevent people from vandalizing cars when they’re being pushed mechanically on Tesla’s upcoming self-driving robotaxi community.

For nearly 3 years, the digital camera was not used within the Mannequin 3 and Mannequin Y autos till earlier this yr when Tesla activated the camera for the first time.

The corporate began accumulating pictures and clips for analysis functions with consents from the drivers:

“Assist Tesla proceed to develop safer autos by sharing digital camera information out of your car. This replace will permit you to allow the built-in cabin digital camera above the rearview mirror. If enabled, Tesla will mechanically seize pictures and a brief video clip simply previous to a collision or security occasion to assist engineers develop security options and enhancements sooner or later. As standard, you possibly can regulate your information sharing preferences by tapping Controls > Security &Safety > DATA Sharing > Digital camera Analytics.”

Tesla shouldn’t be actively utilizing the digital camera to observe driver’s consideration and as an alternative, the automaker says that it solely use the info with out being hooked up to particular drivers to enhance current options and future ones.

It led some to imagine that Tesla could possibly be engaged on finally releasing energetic driver monitoring options.

Now Tesla hacker ‘green‘, identified for revealing many options in Tesla’s software program, has found what occasions the automaker is attempting to detect with the driver-facing digital camera:

  • BLINDED
  • DARK
  • EYES_CLOSED
  • EYES_DOWN
  • EYES_NOMINAL
  • EYES_UP
  • HEAD_DOWN
  • HEAD_TRUNC
  • LOOKING_LEFT
  • LOOKING_RIGHT
  • PHONE_USE
  • SUNGLASSES_EYES_LIKELY_NOMINAL
  • SUNGLASSES_LIKELY_EYES_DOWN

Tesla’s solely energetic driver monitoring characteristic when Autopilot is engaged stays solely detecting if torque is being utilized to the wheel.

A number of different driver-assist techniques, like GM’s Supercruise, are utilizing cabin-facing cameras to ensure drivers are wanting on the highway.

Electrek’s Take

Prior to now, Elon has talked down on driver-monitoring based mostly on gaze monitoring, however it appears like that’s what Tesla is engaged on.

Nevertheless, it doesn’t essentially imply that Tesla will launch such a driver monitoring characteristic.

They could simply be researching to see if it’s attainable to make a helpful one with the prevailing digital camera.

Both approach, I’m completely happy that they’re actively working towards higher driver monitoring as a result of it’s at the moment one of many largest weaknesses of Tesla’s Autopilot in my view.

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