Watch Tesla’s driver monitoring system detect driver attention in real time – Electrek.co
A new video shows Tesla’s AI-based driver monitoring system can detect driver attention in real time using the cabin-facing camera in its vehicles.
Tesla’s cabin-facing camera has been in the vehicles for years now, but it has been barely used by the automaker.
Automakers generally implement cabin-facing cameras for driver monitoring while using driver-assist features, like GM with Supercruise.
However, CEO Elon Musk has previously dismissed the use of a camera-based driver monitoring system and said that Tesla would use its cabin-facing camera to prevent people from vandalizing cars when they are being driven automatically on Tesla’s upcoming self-driving robotaxi network.
But some doubted Tesla was using an active AI-based driver monitoring system based on the cabin camera due to Musk’s previous comments and instead thought Tesla might have been manually reviewing footage from the FSD Beta program.
Now Tesla hacker “green” released a video showing Tesla’s driver monitoring system in real-time with an overlay of the cabin camera:
It actively monitors where the eyes of the driver are looking and if there are any distractions, like phone use.
A video of a hacker trying to trick the system with pictures has also been released:
This week, Tesla China issued a statement on the subject – stating that the camera hasn’t been activated in China and links the use to the FSD Beta, which also hasn’t made it to China (translated from Chinese):
Recently, there has been a discussion on the Internet about “Tesla monitors the owner through the camera in the car”. In order to eliminate unnecessary misunderstandings, the following is specifically stated:
The vehicles used by Tesla users do not infringe on the privacy of users through the in-vehicle camera.
All Tesla user vehicles on the Chinese market have not turned on their in-vehicle cameras, nor are they involved in FSD Beta testing.
Tesla’s privacy protection policy complies with national laws and regulations. Like you, Tesla attaches great importance to the protection of user privacy. We are equipped with a network security system with the world’s leading security level to ensure user privacy protection. Thank you again for your attention to Tesla.