Elon Musk explains the camera inside Tesla’s Model 3

Tesla's chief executive, Elon Musk, clarified that a camera located in the rear view mirror of Model 3 is there for when the car can function as an autonomous taxi. "It's there by the time we start competing with Uber / Lyft," the CEO wrote on Twitter in response to someone who expressed concerns about the privacy of the camera. "In case someone ruins your car, you can watch the video." You could also increase the Sentinel Mode of the car to monitor pets and thieves.

Musk spoke for the first time about his plan for Tesla cars to form an autonomous fleet of shared trips in 2016 when he launched the "Master Plan, Part Deux" of the car company. The CEO said he plans to allow Tesla owners to make more money from their cars by renting them as autonomous vehicles that share travel. The result, he hopes, is to "dramatically" reduce the cost of car ownership "to the point where almost anyone could own a Tesla."

In a follow-up Musk confirmed that the hardware to allow the rental of a car like this is already present in the cars that the company is producing nowadays and that it is "just a matter of finishing the software and going through the regulatory approval". In May of last year, Musk predicted that the functionality, which will be a mix of "Uber Lyft and AirBnB", will be ready by the end of 2019.

The CEO added that once the functionality is finally enabled, the cars will include an option to deactivate the internal camera. Until that happens, the camera will shut down permanently.

In addition to monitoring passengers while not present, Musk also said that the internal camera "could be used to complement the cameras in [the] outside the vehicle [the] as you can see through the windows on the second side and the back window. "This is a feature that could foreseeably extend the function of the Tesla Sentry mode, by registering thieves during a robbery." Sentinel mode is just at V1.0. the next few months, "Musk said in a follow-up tweet.

Musk's tweets came the same day a judge ordered the CEO to resolve his dispute with the SEC, and suggests that he does not intend to stop discussing Tesla's future projects publicly on Twitter. The SEC has criticized Musk for making market-sensitive statements on Twitter without the prior approval of an inside lawyer.

Given Musk's propensity to make bold predictions in the timeline that will be dropped quietly later, as he said at the time that Tesla could drive across the country in 2018 or sell a Model 3 of $ 35,000 in 2016; It is better not to bet on the functionality that will come this year. Especially when doing so will require the approval of the regulators, who move much more slowly than Silicon Valley. However, Musk has promised to provide more details on the functionality during a live broadcast on on April 22 .

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