Using the camera to monitor driver attentiveness instead would bring Tesla more in line with both critics and its industry peers.
Tesla did not respond to a request for comment, and generally does not engage with the professional news media. Tesla’s software update that includes the driver monitoring system does not appear to be widely distributed so far.
But reports and statements from Musk have indicated a staunch resistance to driver monitoring systems in the past.
Tesla’s approach to driver assist systems has been criticized before by one of its partners. Mobileye, now an Intel subsidary, which had provided critical technology for Autopilot, stopped working with Tesla in 2016.