baustin wrote: GRA wrote:
baustin wrote:Which will likely disable the AutoPilot functions...
In a car-share vehicle that may be true (assuming you can write code to do that). But in a privately-owned car, I doubt they could get away with that. Even if they can, that just provides an opportunity for competitors who offers camera-free cabins. Most people simply won't care, and will ignore them just as they ignore security cameras now. A business opportunity awaits, to serve those that do care.
If Tesla is going to install a camera to monitor the driver while AutoPilot is active, then I would image that they would code it to either disable or limit the AutoPilot functions if the camera gets no image. If they are not going to do that, then what is the point of installing a camera to monitor the driver?
What's to stop someone from taping a photo (of Elon Musk or J.B. Straubel, if they wish) in front of the camera lens?
I can see plenty of ways to game such a system, but maybe they can make it foolproof. To me though, the whole issue simply goes away if the cars are fully autonomous and the company assumes responsibility for any accidents the car causes while it's driving itself, which is what the standard should be. Then, who cares what the occupants are doing inside the car? Monitor cameras used as above serve solely as a means of shifting the blame when a car is semi-autonomous. Monitoring a driver for signs of drowsiness is another matter, but there are other indicators of that which don't require a camera.
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Guy [I have lots of experience designing/selling off-grid AE systems, some using EVs but don't own one. Local trips are by foot, bike and/or rapid transit].
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