Tesla CEO Elon Musk clarified that a camera above the Model 3’s rearview mirror is there for when the car can eventually function as an autonomous taxi. “It’s there for when we start competing with Uber / Lyft,” the CEO wrote on Twitter in response to someone who raised privacy concerns about the camera. “In case someone messes up your car, you can watch the video.” It could also increase the car Sentry mode to keep an eye out for animals and thieves.
Musk first spoke about his plan for Tesla cars to form an autonomous ride-sharing fleet in 2016 when he released the “Master plan, part two. The CEO said he plans to allow Tesla owners to make extra money from their cars by renting them out as self-driving ridesharing vehicles. The result, he hopes, is ‘considerably’ reduce the cost of car ownership “to the point where almost anyone could own a Tesla.”
It’s there for when we start competing with Uber / Lyft and people let their cars make money for them as part of Tesla’s shared range fleet. In case someone messes up your car, you can watch the video.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 5, 2019
In one Follow up tweet, Musk confirmed that the hardware for renting a car like this is already present in the cars the company produces today, and it’s “just a matter of” finishing the software and going through the approval process. regulatory ”. In May of last year, Musk predicted that the feature, which will be a mix of “Uber Lyft and AirBnB”, will be ready by the end of 2019.
The CEO added that once the feature is finally enabled, cars will include an option to disable the internal camera. Until this happens, the camera will be permanently turned off.
In addition to monitoring passengers in your absence, Musk also said that the internal camera “could be used to supplement the cameras on [the] apart from [the] vehicle, as it can see through the 2nd side windows and the rear window. This is a feature that could predictably extend Tesla’s function. Sentry mode, by registering thieves during a burglary. “Sentry mode is barely at V1.0. It will improve a lot in the coming months, ”Musk said in a follow-up tweet.
Musk’s tweets arrived the same day as a judge ordered the CEO to resolve his pending dispute with the SEC, and suggest he has no plans to stop publicly discussing Tesla’s future plans on Twitter. The SEC criticized Musk for making market-sensitive statements on Twitter without the prior approval of an inside lawyer.
Given Musk’s propensity to make bold chronological predictions that are quietly dropped later – like this time around, he said a Tesla would be able to travel the country in 2018 or the sale of a $ 35,000 Model 3 in 2016– it is better not to bet on the features that are arriving this year. Especially when it will require approval from regulators, which evolve much slower than Silicon Valley. Nonetheless, Musk promised to provide more details on the feature during a live webcast on 22 april.