Sunday May 07, 2017

Tesla Updates Data Sharing Policy to Include Collecting Video

Tesla will now be collecting videos from cars in order to improve its self-driving tech. This news is sure to result in some clever headlines, but the company insists that it is not a security risk: the clips cannot be linked to your VIN, and the system does not allow anyone to search for media tied to any particular vehicle. A new Autopilot update also rolled out just before the weekend, removing Autosteer restrictions in new cars.

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"We are working hard to improve autonomous safety features and make self-driving a reality for you as soon as possible. In order to do so, we need to collect short video clips using the car’s external cameras to learn how to recognize things like lane lines, street signs, and traffic light positions. The more fleet learning of road conditions we are able to do, the better your Tesla’s self-driving ability will become. We want to be super clear that these short video clips are not linked to your vehicle identification number. In order to protect your privacy, we have ensured that there is no way to search our system for clips that are associated with a specific car."