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Tesla Interior Cameras Threaten Driver Privacy, Consumer Reports Says


The dashboard area of a Tesla vehicle.

A new report from Consumer Reports warns that Tesla vehicles include in-cabin cameras that can record and transmit footage from inside the vehicle, potentially threatening driver privacy.

Credit: Nick Miotke/Roadshow

Consumer Reports (CR) says in-cabin cameras that electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla incorporates into driver-assist systems can threaten driver privacy.

The cameras record and transmit footage from within the vehicle, and the CR report warns drivers who do not opt out of the program they are giving Tesla access to sensitive information.

Inside Tesla's Model 3 and Model Y, the cameras can record moments before an automatic emergency braking event or before a crash, and it is possible the car shares this content with Tesla; other automakers employ closed-loop systems that do not transmit or save data, much less record drivers in the vehicle.

Despite safeguards on who can access this footage, CR says the possibility exists that anyone, including malefactors, can access it.


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