In order to soothe things over with respect to the rising general worriment about the dangers that come with the autopilot system in their cars, Tesla announced their measures of using their “in-cabin” cameras to monitor the drivers.
This feature will be sent as a software update to the drivers of the Model 3 and Y vehicles which will automatically turn on whenever their drivers turn on the “auto pilot mode”.
The cameras initially were for the purposes of recording and storing data in the event of an accident or something around the happenings of “safety events” as the company put it.
This initiative seems to be a sensible counter measure based on the fiasco they have been facing with their “auto pilot” feature. A number of reports of “inattentive” drivers meeting with accidents and some even causing fatalities, have stirred up controversies for the company over the last few years.
Based on statements from a number of owners of the vehicles that have been receiving the software updates for this feature, apparently, the car even alerts the driver by ‘yelling’ in the event of it sensing that the driver isn’t paying enough attention.
Tesla even put out a statement to clear out the fact that the car’s autopilot feature is “not a self-driving system” and is meant only for a “fully attentive driver who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any time.”
In another statement to shed light in their autopilot software update, Tesla said, “The cabin camera above your rear-view mirror can now detect and alert driver inattentiveness while Autopilot is engaged. Camera data does not leave the car itself, which means the system cannot save or transmit information unless data sharing is enabled.”
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