The Insane Reason Tesla Model 3s Have Cameras On the Inside

It's not what you think either.

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The Tesla Model 3 may have been on sale for a couple of years but there's still a lot of mystery surrounding Tesla's most affordable model. One mystery surrounds the camera facing the interior of the car looking at passengers.

Well on April 3rd Elon finally revealed why the Model 3 has a passenger facing camera system and it's not what I expected. According to Elon, this camera is part of a greater software offering that allows your Tesla to make you money.

Elon explains that Tesla plans on launching a ride-sharing service where people can summon your car to drive them around. In return, you will get paid for letting your car drive people around autonomously. The camera is in place so you monitor people riding in your car to make sure they don't destroy it.

Let me repeat that. You can tell your Tesla to drive people around and in return, you will make money. Your Tesla could theoretically pay for itself while you're not using it.

This novel concept is what makes Tesla such an exciting company. This program isn't ready for launch but the foresight for Tesla to include this hardware long before the program is ready shows immense planning on Tesla's part.

How would you feel about your car earning you money?

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Comments (89)

  • I wouldn’t want a stranger entering my car anymore than I’d want a stranger entering my wife.

      2 years ago
  • Hey Elon, have you ever MET the general public?

      2 years ago
  • Creepiest thing ever.

    “Don’t worry, it’s an innocent camera!”

    Yeah, right.

      2 years ago
  • I will believe in level 5 autonomy usable everywhere when I see it. And despite the hype I believe I will not see it for at least 15 years, if ever.

      2 years ago
    • We certainly have time! I’m not worried about losing the privilege to drive

        2 years ago
  • In the year...3000.

      2 years ago
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