Tesla Played Car Cameras to Collect Road Data

- Dec 24, 2017-

Drive test data is definitely a fortune for those interested in developing autonomous driving technology. With tens of millions of commercially available vehicles and crowdsourcing-style collection tactics, Tesla is ahead of other car makers in terms of data accumulation. As of the end of last year, Tesla has received 3.5 billion miles of road test data.


Of course, the total mileage is on the one hand, the richness of the data is also very concerned about the car manufacturers where. In order to make the drive test data more valuable for users, with more dimensions, Tesla has played a car camera idea.

According to foreign media electrek reports, Tesla recently updated data sharing policy, the main purpose is to be able to reach agreement with the owner by collecting video car camera to increase Tesla's drive test data for the technical development of automatic driving paving.

Tesla official said: "In order to improve the safety index for autonomous driving, as soon as possible to bring the autopilot into everyone's life, we have been working day and night .However, in order to achieve this goal, we need to collect the car outside the camera The videos we shot were taken so that we could better understand the road conditions such as lanes, street signs and traffic lights. "

Tesla may have been on the verge of violating user privacy, in the eyes of many. But for Tesla, who pursues technological innovation, the risk is clearly worth it. They wrote in an article:

"If we can get to know these conditions more quickly, there is no doubt that your Tesla's autopilot ability will be stronger. In addition, what we want you to be clear is your license plate number will never appear to protect everyone's privacy In a small video, it is far less likely that we will be using Tesla to search video for a particular vehicle. "Tesla also promised that even if the database was really dark, it would be hard for those with ulterior motives to get too much of it information.

This time the data sharing policy will mainly apply to the Autopilot 2.0 system. The reason is that the detection kit installed on the new generation Autopilot system includes 8 hd car cameras, a full range of ultrasonic sensors and a forward looking radar. This means that the camera can capture more information, the amount of data will increase exponentially.

It is worth mentioning that Tesla also said he would not rule out sharing these data with his own partners. In this regard, their explanation is:

"To ensure that our work goes smoothly, Tesla assesses the traffic data for all participating cars, but we will never track you and your car, and we will provide that data to the relevant partners, but in data sharing We never collect or share personally identifiable information about users. "

This update, in addition to adding more sensors and cameras to the car to collect more data, Tesla Autopilot 2.0 also updated the optimization features including HW2 hardware vehicles. The most important thing is that the speed limit for autonomous driving is lifted and the highway will be able to speed up to 90mph (about 144kph) in the future. In addition, the speed limit under other conditions are adjusted, and provides automatic high beam function, improved automatic emergency braking and anti-collision warning function.

With the newest autopilot hardware (HW2) still in the way, Autopilot 2.0 actually has a lot less functionality than the previous generation. And after this update, it compares favorably with the first generation of Autopilot system, which also dispelled disappointment of Autopilot 2.0 by some earlier owners.

Tesla, the latest update, compensates for the discrepancy between Autopilot 2.0 and the previous generation of Autopilot, and finally "offloads" to focus on more advanced autopilot research. It is expected that Tesla's data sharing policy this time will bring its autopilot system to a higher level.