The tiny interior camera of the Tesla Model 3 is capable of much more than most owners probably realize.
Attention was first drawn to the camera mounted within the rearview mirror last year. At the time, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk said it wasn’t currently operational and would only be enabled when Tesla owners can start using their Model 3s for autonomous Uber and Lyft services. Musk added it would act as a security camera in the event “someone messes up your car.”
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However, while recently looking into the details of this camera, Twitter user greentheonly posted that he had discovered the camera has the ability to detect what the driver is doing at any given time.
In case you were wondering what does the selfie camera in model 3 currently try to detect:
— green (@greentheonly) October 4, 2020
Apparently, the camera can track the eye movements of the driver, including whether their eyes are looking down, to the side, or up. Additionally, the camera tracks head movement and whether or not the driver is looking to the left or to the right. It also has the ability to detect if someone is using a phone while behind the wheel and can even recognize if a driver is likely looking down while wearing sunglasses.
The most obvious reason for Tesla detecting these types of behaviors from drivers would be for it to develop some time of driver monitoring system. The automaker has been criticized in the past for offering semi-autonomous driving features without any kind of system that monitors the driver, like Cadillac’s Super Cruise system does.
However, there does appear
A home-improvement contractor was arrested after a Bergen County family he worked for said they found a small camera hidden in the wall of their bathroom, authorities said Wednesday.
Romeo Sanchez, 47, of West New York, was hired to replace a window in the family’s Paramus home in August, according to Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg.
After working in the home, Sanchez told family members he would return another time to finish putting in the window, Ehrenberg said.
One of the family members called police on Aug. 25 to report “they had found a suspicious electronic device” in the bathroom, Ehrenberg said.
“The device was later determined to be a micro camera with a micro SD memory card that had been secreted in the bathroom wall,” Ehrenberg said.
A police detective accessed the memory card and found video clips of the family’s bathroom along with videos of a bathroom in another home, Ehrenberg said.
Paramus police investigators said they tracked down Sanchez and interviewed him about the device on Sept. 17.
Sanchez admitted placing the camera in the family’s bathroom and that he had planned to retrieve it when he returned to finish the window job, Ehrenberg said.
The contractor also told investigators that the other bathroom videos were from a home in Wayne where he had also been hired to work, Ehrenberg said.
Sanchez was arrested, charged with one count of invasion of privacy and released pending a court hearing.
Police said they were able to identify victims in the other case and alerted the Wayne Police Department of their findings.
Paramus police are asking anyone with further information or who feels they may have been a victim to call Detective Mark Pinajian at 201-262-3400 ext. 1429.
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