Tesla Vehicles are Recording Short Videos to Improve Self-Driving Tech

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Tesla Vehicles are Recording Short Videos to Improve Self-Driving Tech

Tesla has been focused on making its cars fully autonomous and the latest Model S update is asking Tesla owners to help out.

There’s now an opt-in/opt-out data sharing agreement that confirms Tesla is collecting short video clips using the car’s external cameras to learn how to recognize things like lane lines, street signs and traffic light positions, Electrek reports. The company says, “The more fleet learning of road conditions we are able to do, the better your Tesla’s self-driving ability will become.”

For those with privacy concerns, Tesla reassures that the short video clips aren’t linked to the vehicle identification number (VIN) and ensures there’s no way to search its system for clips that are associated with a specific car.

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Owners can choose to not check the “I agree” box to opt-out of sending the short video clips back to the company. They can also change their mind at any time. There’s also an additional clause for data collection: “Tesla measures the road segment data of all participating vehicles but in a way that does not identify you or your car, and may share that with partners that contribute similar data to help us provide the service. At no point is any personally identifiable information collected or shared during this process.”

Again, owners can choose to not agree to the data collection as well.

[Source: Electrek]

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  • Wayne Tam

    How much is my data contribution worth Tesla? How about paying back owners who choose to opt-in like say $50 a month?