Cars are increasingly equipped with cameras to monitor driver behavior, but Tesla’s use of the technology raises safety and privacy questions. Driver monitoring systems help ensure motorists are paying attention to the road when using automated features that don’t require their hands on the wheel.
Most of these systems use infrared cameras to track the driver’s head position or eye movements.
Tesla, on the other hand, is recording and transmitting video footage of occupants to help engineers further develop its self-driving technology. What’s worse, the automaker is not using the in-car cameras to keep passengers safe. Tesla’s in-car camera is turned off by default, but owners have the option to activate it. But any time video is being recorded, it can be accessed later, including by police, insurance companies, regulators and bad actors.