[YesAuto New Energy] A few days ago, we reported that when Tesla CEO Musk responded to questions raised by netizens on social media, he made it clear that the in-car cameras of his models can detect the gaze of the car owner ( news link ), which triggered netizens Worried that Tesla monitors the driver through the camera in the car, thereby infringing on the privacy of the car owner.
After learning of this news, Tesla China issued the following statement:
Recently, there has been a discussion on the Internet about “Tesla monitors the owner through the camera in the car”. In order to eliminate unnecessary misunderstandings, the following is specifically stated:
The vehicles used by Tesla users do not infringe on the privacy of users through the in-vehicle camera.
All Tesla user vehicles on the Chinese market have not turned on their in-vehicle cameras, nor are they involved in FSD Beta testing.
Tesla's privacy protection policy complies with national laws and regulations. Like you, Tesla attaches great importance to the protection of user privacy. We are equipped with a network security system with the world's leading security level to ensure user privacy protection. Thank you again for your attention to Tesla.
It is understood that among Tesla's current commercial models, only Model 3 uses a camera above the rearview mirror in the car, but the official has not stated what purpose the camera is used for. It is worth mentioning that similar cameras are also installed in the interiors of the new Model S and Model X that are not yet on the market.
Judging from the camera images exposed last year, it can not only capture the driver, but also include other seat passengers, so its use may not be limited to detecting the driver's behavior. We call on Tesla to provide more explanations on the purpose of this camera to eliminate car owners’ concerns about privacy violations.