Tesla is looking to now associate an accident or “safety risk” with a driver and a car.
In the past, this type of footage was always anonymous.
Up until now, footage captured by Tesla vehicles had been anonymous, in other words, never associated with a car or its owner. Tesla would use the footage as a tool to train and update its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) technologies. Going forward, this will change.
Tesla’s often touted the capabilities of both its Autopilot and FSD systems and, although they are quite advanced, they are probably better known for being the probable cause behind a number of serious accidents over the years. In fact, the NHTSA has looked into Tesla’s driving aids and technologies a few times only recently.
Tesla’s latest FSD Beta version already comes with a number of warnings however the automaker has recently added a very important line, as reported by Electrek:
“By enabling FSD Beta, I consent to Tesla’s collection of VIN-associated image data from the vehicle’s external cameras and Cabin Camera in the occurrence of a serious safety risk or a safety event like a collision.”
What this means is that Tesla will now link accident or “serious safety risk” footage to a VIN and therefore its owner. In the event of an incident, Tesla will henceforth be able to use the footage in its defense.