Tesla software update 2021.12.25.6 in Canada turns on the Cabin Camera for non-Tesla Vision cars

One year after it was first activated in the US and China, Tesla has turned on the Cabin Camera in Canadian vehicles. The update came packaged in the 2021.12.25.6 software update for cars equipped with radar.

According to the release notes the cabin camera can record short clips during a safety event like a collision. Those clips will then be sent to Tesla to help develop future safety features, but only if the owner opts in to the data sharing agreement.

Tesla Cabin Camera disclaimer

To access your data sharing preferences go to Controls > Safety & Security > DATA SHARING > Allow Cabin Camera Analytics. As noted in the agreement, images and video clips are not associated with your VIN in order to protect your privacy.

By default you do not share data with Tesla.

Even though the camera is now activated it is not being used for Driver Monitoring. In late May, shortly after deliveries began of radar-less Tesla Vision cars, the automaker began using the camera to monitor driver attentiveness when Autopilot was engaged.

The camera, which is located just above the rearview mirror, had been included since the Model 3 was first introduced in 2017, but had remained dormant until June last year.

Other features packaged in the update include a new game, Sky Force Reloaded, and two new languages – Finnish and Croatian.

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