Hackers exposed Tesla has driver monitoring function, which can detect drivers facial features

 Hackers exposed Tesla has driver monitoring function, which can detect drivers facial features

When Tesla launched the model 3 three years ago, the company announced that it had equipped the vehicle with a camera in the rearview mirror facing the cab. At the time, the car maker said the camera was not activated and would be available in the future. Elon Musk, chief executive, said the feature would be used to prevent people from damaging Teslas self driving taxis. Until June, Tesla activated the cab cameras in Model3 and modely in a software update and said it would help engineers develop future security features and enhancements.

To help Tesla continue to develop safer vehicles by sharing camera data on the vehicle, Tesla said in a statement at the time. This update will allow you to enable the built-in cab camera above the rearview mirror. If activated, Tesla will automatically capture images and short video clips before a collision or security incident to help engineers develop security features and enhancements in the future. As always, you can adjust your data sharing preferences by clicking control > safety and Security > data sharing > camera analysis.

Recently, however, Tesla hackers showed the code for the camera and which driver facial features the feature will look for to increase security. After the hacker @ greenhee found the software for this function, he only revealed what the cab camera was looking for. The software describes a series of facial features and head positions, which seems to be looking for ways to improve driver awareness and vehicle safety. The facial expressions detected by the camera include closing eyes, eyes down, eyes up, head down, looking left, looking right, using mobile phones and wearing sunglasses.

The newly disclosed code indicates that Tesla will now use the cab camera to improve safety and driver awareness. One of the most obvious signs of this is the use of mobile phone codes, which may identify and instruct drivers when their eyes are off the road and instead focus on smartphones. Interestingly, just a few days ago, Tesla ranked sixth in the European NCAP assisted driving rating survey. The lower score was due to the lower score of the driver participation indicator, with Model3 scoring 35 out of 100.

In the European NCAP test, the lack of driver monitoring system has seriously affected the score of model 3 in the test. It appears Tesla is already preparing for the cab camera to capture this data to increase vehicle safety. However, identifying any movement or facial features that may distract the drivers attention can be used in conjunction with Teslas in-house insurance package to determine the drivers rate. For example, if the cab camera detects the use of a mobile phone more frequently than the average driver, the rate may increase because the driver is not fully focused on the road.

It is possible to add a driver monitoring system, which Tesla lacks according to NCAP testing. It is important to broaden the drivers understanding of what happens when driving, especially in the case of Teslas automatic and semi-automatic driving functions. There is a lot of evidence that many people who use FSD or autopilot dont use them properly because they require owners to keep their hands on the steering wheel and keep an understanding of the driving situation.

However, some owners see Teslas features as an opportunity to reduce responsibility on the road. The company has repeatedly said the cars are not fully autonomous. Drivers are required to continue to monitor the performance of their vehicles, and the cab camera monitoring system may be a key way to eliminate poor perception when driving a Tesla. (small)

Source of this article: Zhang Zutao, responsible editor of Netease science and Technology Report_ NT5054