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March 24, 2021—Some Tesla models with in-car cameras transmit that footage to the company for research, according to Consumer Reports.

The video collection raises privacy concerns, in particular due to the cameras that are pointed at the driver. Consumer Reports says that the cabin cameras are turned off by default, but Tesla has acknowledged that if the driver turns them on, Tesla will capture and transmit video moments before a crash or emergency braking event. The company says that this helps them improve the technology.

Other OEMs told Consumer Reports that they don't transmit video, but it can be stored on the camera itself. Some systems use infrared sensors to monitor driver eye movement, rather than cameras. Experts who spoke to Consumer Reports said that more privacy regulation could help direct the scope of the technology.

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