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Tesla hacker unveils what the Model 3/Y cabin camera can see (video clips)


Tesla hacker who goes by the name of “green” or “greentheonly” with the help of another software engineer has cracked what Tesla Model 3 or Model Y interior camera recordings look like.

According to green, these clips are recorded at 36 fps in RGB and the resolution is 1280×960 pixels. The visual clarity is good enough to monitor the driver and would be useful

Model 3 was the first Tesla car to be equipped with a driver-facing interior camera, now Model Y SUVs also have this camera installed by the automaker right out of the box. Model 3 received this update because Tesla introduced the new Autopilot hardware with its launch. This new hardware setup consists of 8 exterior cameras and 1 interior camera along with a front radar and 12 ultrasonic sensors (aka HW 2.5).

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Green and his ally drove their Tesla Model 3 and turning the data sharing option ON triggered the cabin camera to record the video clips continuously. A ton of day and night footage has been posted to green’s Twitter and YouTube.

Extended day and night videos below.

With the release of the 2020.24.6 software update last year, Tesla asked the owners for data sharing permission for the interior camera.

If enabled, Tesla will automatically capture images and a short video clip just prior to a collision or safety event to help engineers develop safety features and enhancements in the future. 

Tesla 2020.24.6 firmware update

Green and his friends simulated a few situations like distracted driving and passengers moving around and the camera angle seems to be able to capture most of the action. The driver in the above videos can be seen using the center touchscreen, playing with different objects, and even taking his shirt off (simulated).

Interestingly, setting the sun visor position at a specific angle hides the driver’s forehead, eyes, and most of his face. This makes it impossible for this camera to track eye movement.

Monitoring the driver and passengers in case of ride-sharing and the Robo-Taxi scenario is very useful. Elon Musk has big plans to start an autonomous Tesla Robotaxi service as soon as he is done with solving the Full Self-Driving(FSD) problem.

However, this viewing angle of the cabin camera does not let it look through the rear or side windows to assist Autopilot in FSD decision making.

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Tesla cabin camera footage during daytime (Duration: 24 mins 28 secs).
Tesla cabin camera footage during night time (Duration: 17 mins 5 secs).

By Iqtidar Ali

Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on, many of his articles have been republished on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the Social Media sphere. You can reach him on Twitter @IqtidarAlii