- Tesla has switched on a driver-facing camera in some of its Model 3 and Model Y vehicles to make sure drivers are paying attention to the road when they use Autopilot, the company’s driver assistance system.
- The camera-based driver monitoring system was switched on in Model 3 and Model Y vehicles after Tesla modified these to exclude radar sensors and delivered some without key advanced driver safety features switched on.
- The technical changes come amid probes of Tesla-involved crashes by government auto safety authorities in the U.S. and China.
Tesla has started using cabin cameras in some Model 3 and Model Y vehicles to make sure drivers are paying attention to the road when they use driver assistance features, according to release notes obtained by CNBC.
Their Model 3 and Model Y cars already had driver-facing cabin cameras, but the company’s owners manuals said they were not used for driver monitoring. Instead, Tesla’s systems required drivers to “check in” by touching the steering wheel, which is equipped with sensors.