(Reuters) – Tesla Inc .:'s use of cameras in the car to record and transmit videos of passengers to develop self-driving technology raises privacy issues, the influential American newspaper Consumer Reports said on Tuesday.
Consumer Reports said the use potentially undermines the safety benefits of driver monitoring, which is to warn drivers when they are not paying attention on the road.
"If Tesla has the ability to determine if the driver is not paying attention, it must warn the driver right now, as other automakers are already doing," said Jake Fisher, senior director of the Consumer Reports test center.
Car manufacturers such as Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co., whose surveillance system does not record or transmit data or video, use infrared technology to identify the driver's eye movements or head position to alert them if they show signs of disability or distraction, the newspaper said.
Tesla did not immediately respond to a Reuters re
Palo Alto, California-based carmaker's internal cameras are also a hotbed in China, where the military banned Tesla cars from entering their complexes, citing security concerns.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said last week that his company would be shut down if its cars were used for espionage.