Tesla has enabled in-car cameras in its Model 3 and Model Y vehicles to monitor drivers when its Autopilot Advanced Driver Assistance system is in use.
In a software update, Tesla indicated that “the cabin camera above the rearview mirror can now detect and alert driver inadvertence when autopilot is installed.” In particular, Tesla has a closed loop system for data, meaning that the imagery captured by the camera does not leave the car. According to Tesla, the system cannot save transit information until data sharing is enabled. The firmware update was cited by several Tesla owners, industry watchers and bloggers who are Active on twitter.
Tesla has faced criticism for not activating the driver monitoring system within the vehicle, even with evidence that the owners were abusing the system. Owners have posted dozens of videos on YouTube and TikTok abusing the autopilot system – some of which have filmed themselves sitting in the back seat as the vehicle drives along the side of the highway. Several fatal accidents involving autopilot-mounted Tesla vehicles have put more pressure on the company to take action.
Until now, Tesla has not used cameras installed in its vehicles and instead relied on sensors in the steering wheel that measure torque – a method that requires the driver to put their hands on the wheel. Drivers have documented and shared on social media how to make the censor think that a human is holding the wheel.
“Consumer Reports is seeking a camera-based driver monitoring system for automation systems such as Tesla’s Autopilot,” Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing at CR, told ClearTips. “Tesla’s current system of sensing torque on the wheel cannot tell whether the driver is watching on the road. If the new system proves to be effective, it can help prevent distraction and a major improvement for safety. Maybe – could potentially save lives. We hope other cars will be updated soon and we are eager to evaluate them. “
Tesla did not share details about the driver monitoring system – for example, whether it is tracking eye gaze or head position – or whether it would be used to allow hands-free driving. GM’s Super Cruise and Ford’s Blue Cruise Advanced Driver Assistance systems allow hands-free driving on some divided highways. Their systems use a combination of map data, high-precision GPS, cameras and radar sensors, as well as a driver attention system that monitors the person behind the wheel, to ensure that drivers are paying attention.
Tesla vehicles come standard with driver assistance systems branded as Autopilot. For an additional $ 10,000, owners can purchase “full self-driving” or FSD – a feature that CEO Elon Musk has promised will one day provide full autonomous driving capabilities. FSD, which has steadily increased in price and capacity, has been available as an option over the years.
However, Tesla vehicles are not self-driving. The FSD includes the parking facility Summon as well as Navigate on Autopilot, an active guidance system that navigates a car from highway on-ramp to off-ramp, including interchange and lane changes. Once drivers enter a destination in the navigation system, they can enable “Navigate to Autopilot” for that trip.
The move comes exactly a week after Tesla tweeted that its Model Y and Model 3 vehicles, bound for North American customers, are being built without radar, with the machine to support autopilot and other active safety features by Musk. Fulfilling the desire to use cameras combined with learning.
Vehicle manufacturers typically use a combination of radar and cameras – and even LIDAR – to provide the necessary sensing to provide advanced driver assistance system features such as adaptive cruise control, which allows the car’s speed to move around. Matches traffic as well as lane keeping and automated lanes. Change. Musk has revealed the capability of his branded “Tesla Vision” system, which uses only cameras and so-called neural net processing to detect and understand what’s happening in the environment around the vehicle and then appropriately Gives feedback
The decision to take the radar out of the vehicles has come as a shock to the company. Consumer Reports no longer lists the Model 3 as the top pick and the Institute of Highway Safety Insurance said it plans to remove the Model 3’s Top Safety Pick + designation. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has stated that the Model 3 and Model Y vehicles built on or after April 27, 2021, now have the agency’s check mark for automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and dynamic brake support. Will not be received.