Hackers exposed Tesla has driver monitoring function that can detect driver facial features

Monday, October 5, 2020 – 7:10 ksa

A hacker called @greenthee recently broke the news that the electric car maker Tesla ‘s car might have a driver tracking feature, according to international media sources. Upon activation, the camera in the cab will monitor the facial features of the driver to enhance driving safety.

When the Model 3 was introduced three years ago by Tesla, the company revealed that the car was fitted with a rearview mirror camera facing the truck. The automaker claimed at the time that the camera had not been triggered and that it would be available in the future. CEO Elon Musk said the feature would be used when driving Tesla’s self-driving taxis to deter people from crashing vehicles. Tesla enabled the cab cameras in Model 3 and Model Y in the software upgrade until June of this year, and said it will help engineers build potential safety features and upgrades.

At the time, Tesla said in a statement: “We will help Tesla continue to build safer cars by sharing the camera data on the car. This upgrade will allow you to unlock the built-in cab camera above the rearview mirror. If enabled, before crashes or safety accidents, Tes Pull will automatically capture photos and brief video clips to help engineers create safety features and enhance them”

As usual, you can adjust you by clicking Control>Safety and Security>Data Sharing>Camera Analysis Your data sharing preferences.”

A Tesla hacker recently, however, shows the camera code and what facial features the function would aim for to improve protection. He only discovered the particular items the cab camera was scanning for after the hacker @greenthee found the codes for this feature. The app defines a set of facial expressions and head locations, which appear to be searching for ways to increase the perception of the driver and enhance the safety of the car. Close eyes, eyes down, eyes up, ears down, facing left, looking right, using a cell phone, wearing shades, etc. are the facial features identified by the camera.

The recently unveiled code suggests that the cab camera will now be used by Tesla to maximize safety and driver awareness. The use of cell phone codes, which will detect and signify that the driver’s eyes have left the road and focus more on the smartphone, is one of the most visible indicators of this. Interestingly, just a few days earlier, Tesla placed sixth in the Supported Driving Performance Survey’s Euro NCAP examination. The lower score is due to the lower “driver engagement” predictor score, with just 35 points (out of 100 points) scored for Model 3.

The lack of a driver control system in the Euro NCAP test had a significant influence on the Model 3 test performance. It seems like Tesla is already planning the camera to collect this data in order to improve the safety of the car. With Tesla ‘s internal insurance package, however, it is possible to assess the driver’s rate by detecting any expressions or facial characteristics that can distract driving.

For example, if the camera in the cab senses cell phone use more often than the normal driver, and the driver does not pay complete attention to the road, the incidence can increase.

A potential possibility is the inclusion of a driver control system, which, according to the NCAP test, Tesla lacks. It is crucial to broaden the driver’s understanding of what happens while driving, particularly in the case of the autopilot and semi-autopilot features of Tesla. There is a lot of evidence that they are not used properly by those persons who use fully automatic driving functions (FSD) or driver-assisted driving functions (Autopilot) because they enable car owners to place their hands on the steering wheel and maintain an awareness of driving conditions.

Some car owners, however, see the functions of Tesla as an incentive to decrease liability on the lane. The organization has confirmed consistently that these vehicles are not yet completely autonomous cars. Drivers are expected to continue to track their vehicles’ performance, and while driving a Tesla, the cab camera monitoring system can be a key way to eradicate the unsatisfactory impression.