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Dash cams (Implemented)

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Description

A built in hidden dash mounted camera to record any accidents.

Competitive/Pricing/Notes

Very few car makers offer a dashcam. The Corvette offers a 720p dashcam as a $1795 option on the base car.

Always-on dashcams can useful to identify vandalism while parked.

A good third-party HD dashcam (single direction) costs about $100-200 and a two channel (front and back) dashcam for about $350, plus installation.

Update: The front AP1 autopilot camera is not usable as a dashcam. It is only connected to the autopilot hardware and does not connect into the main cpu. It is fairly low resolution, has a narrow field of view, is monochrome/red and uses a non-standard 36 fps rate.

Update 2: The AP2 camera set is better situated to be used as a dashcam. All but the rear camera are medium resolution, but they do use a monochrome/red pixel arrangement for higher sensitivity. With enough processor power (an unknown) the images could be processed into a cyan/red sort of duotone image.

Most of the available flash memory is used for maps and caching, so with the current design, even if can record  there may only be room for a limited amount of recording. Perhaps Tesla can record to a customer supplied USB flash drive, although the bandwidth may not be high enough for full 8 camera recording.

Status

Implemented in V9 software in October 2018 with basic dashcam feature – recording while driving (for HW2.5 cars only, made in August 2017 or later).



Category: Tags: entered 13-Jun-2013

13 Comments

Plus, they're extremely useful to record the next Giant Meteorite Event (c.f., Chelyabinsk, Russia)!
record the high definition back-up camera as well
DAsh Cam is a no brainer
The hardware is already available in new models, not sure since when.
This does seem like such a no-brainer - especially so given that all the camera hardware is already fitted.  I think a separate unit for actually doing the recording would be preferable than relying on the car existing hardware.  I would think it not difficult to 'borrow' the car's cameras for this purpose.
Needs to be readily uploaded to laptop via wifi.
The front camera is a 'Dedicated' camera. The scope of it's focus, is to read road lines, signs, ect. It is merely looking at a pixel count per square area, so as to compare what it sees to a known object. A.I.

I could be way off here,,,,
external recorders very common in Asia, I think they get a insurance discount for having one.  All the hardware needed is in the car (camera, HD for recording and even LTE to do a cloud upload).
Maybe push video feed to app if camera is set to send alarms. Having dinner out and phone feeding live images would be wonderful.
Dash-cams are more and more common and being used especially to prove that one is not responsible for an incident.  There are several posts on forums about installing them on the Model S and it's obviously non-trivial, especially as there is no obvious place from which to get power - there is only 1 12v socket, which you might need for a phone and, anyway, it's in the wrong place to power a camera.

Since the car already has front and rear cameras - even if they are at the moment doing other jobs - it really does seem obvious to make them able to record.  Recordings could be saved in a Cloud or on a USB stick, perhaps.  You'd need some software that let you play the files, including their GPS (position and speed) and G-force information.
The Tesla already has a rear HD camera and Auto Pilot uses a front camera as well.

Even if, as Manchu76 said, the front camera is dedicated to the Auto Pilot and can't be recorded, HD cameras are fairly small these days, couldn't another one be added to the same enclosure? Or make the enclosure a little bigger, it's not like it's in the way...

Streaming video over a phone network would be pretty slow, we'd be better off recording to SD card, and uploading over Wi-Fi when we get back home. Having a microSD card slot hidden in the glove box (or elsewhere) would mean even if the car couldn't be driven after the accident the card could be removed so you can take the footage to show your insurer/the police.

This could give you front and rear footage (though the rear camera probably gets dirty all the time - the one on my Lexus does), if it's on a overwrite loop connected the the car's crash sensors (like what deploys the airbags) it would require no input from the owner/driver. Options could be included on the display to control how long it records for before overwriting, and also an option to manually stop the overwriting (in case you are following a car that is in an accident, for example, and want to keep the footage).

And maybe, just maybe, it might bring the cost of insurance down slightly...? We can live in hope.
External dash cams require installation, and clutter up the vehicle. Splitting off the video feed from the existing front and rear cameras and recording that would cost Tesla a pittance.
with 8 cameras it would be great to offer dashcam features indeed.

I got  my door badly scratched in a parking the other day and it would have helped finding the culprit.