In response to a tweet which raised privacy concerns about having a tiny mysterious camera inside the Model 3, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has come out with more clarity. Located above the rear-view mirror, the camera is aimed at helping the electric car maker compete with the likes of Uber and Lyft.
He explained that the camera is there “for when we start competing with Uber/Lyft & people allow their car to earn money for them as part of the Tesla shared autonomy fleet.”
Musk added that in a scenario when someone messes up your car while it’s driving around by itself earning you money, you can check the video to get a clearer picture. The camera is currently not in use though, he clarified.
Once Tesla is finally ready with this functionality, car owners will have an option to disable the internal camera. Until then, the tiny camera will continue to be permanently turned off.
For the uninitiated, a Tesla enthusiast called out the firm over the mysterious camera apparently annoyed by not knowing its basic purpose.