Tesla Cybertruck prototype has a hidden camera under the front bumper

Cybertruck display NYC
Image via Steven Brennan /Twitter

Not only did Elon Musk host Saturday Night Live this past weekend in New York City, he also brought along the Tesla Cybertruck prototype. Thousands of excited fans lined up outside the Tesla store in the Meatpacking District of New York City to catch a glimpse of the electric truck.

One of those lucky fans spotted something very interesting under the Cybertruck’s front bumper – a camera. Reddit user u/NoT-RexFatalities was the one who made the discovery, sharing this video showing the location of the hidden camera.

It is a little difficult to see in the video, but according to the Tesla fan, it was very clearly a camera.

“I hate Reddit’s compression. But its there. I saw it in person. There’s also dual camera in the rear next to license plate.”

In reviewing previous pictures of the truck in public, the camera was also visible when Musk took his girlfriend Grimes out for dinner in the Cybertruck in 2019.

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The lack of a camera on the front bumper has been a common complaint among Tesla enthusiasts over the years. The current configuration leaves a blind spot at the front of the vehicle where the three cameras by the rear-view mirror cannot see.

Model 3 front cameras
Image via garsh /Tesla Owners Online forum

The addition of the bumper camera could be beneficial in a number of ways. The first would be the elimination of the previously mentioned blind spot, thereby improving what the cameras can see for Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD).

Not only that, it would also provide the perfect view when pulling into a parking spot to help you avoid smashing your front bumper into the curb.

Another use could be for something that many Cybertruck owners will likely do, off-roading. Depending on its angle and how much it can see, it could help keep an eye on the underside of the vehicle as it goes over large boulders, much like the Hummer EV and its underbody cameras.

Its location will make it susceptible to getting dirty, especially in snowy conditions during winter. This is an obstacle that is easily overcome with a washing system like the one also to be implemented on the Hummer EV.

Musk has yet to reveal the final design of the Cybertruck, so we don’t know if it will make it into production, but we hope it does.

Do you hope Tesla will add a front camera to the Cybertruck? Let us know in the comments below.

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