Musk explained that the camera on the inside is to help Tesla compete with Uber and Lyft in the future.
Cameras are cool if they are for selfies but kind of creepy when they are inside of your car. The Tesla Model 3 comes with an inactive camera above the rearview mirror.
The feature had been present since 2017, however, it is only now that Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded to a concerned user’s Twitter query, explaining the reason behind having the camera inside.
Musk explained that the camera on the inside is to help Tesla compete with Uber and Lyft in the future, Mashable reported.
This is how Musk envisions it will work. In the near future, when autonomous cars become a norm, and Tesla runs a shared autonomy fleet, the cameras will be able to help the owner in case someone messes up the car from the inside.
So in order to add your vehicle to Tesla’s ride-sharing fleet, users will not be required to upgrade. There will already be a camera to watch the future customers, to ensure they don’t mess up the interiors or forget their belongings. More on the technology will be explained via live webcast on April 22.