Tesla employees were streaming “selected” recordings from electric car cameras to a group chat; Elon Musk also got into this collection

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Tesla employees shared personal photos and videos recorded by the cameras of electric cars on an internal messaging system between 2019 and 2022. Some materials were decorated with funny captions and turned into memes before being published in group chats. Reuters obtained information from nine former Tesla employees, who revealed that some recordings featured customers in uncomfortable situations, including accidents and incidents related to aggressive behavior on the roads. Reuters also found that a computer program used by Tesla employees could potentially show the geolocation of records and the location of a Tesla owner. Tesla and Elon Musk have not yet commented on the matter.

Tesla employees were streaming “selected” recordings from electric car cameras to a group chat; Elon Musk also got into this collection

It became known that from 2019 to 2022, Tesla employees privately shared through an internal messaging system quite personal photos and videos recorded by the cameras of electric cars. Moreover, before publication in group chats, some photos were turned into memes and decorated with funny captions. Reuters writes about it: the news agency managed to get information from nine former Tesla employees.

Some “leaked” materials were only available to two employees, others could be seen by dozens of people. In its publication, Reuters recalls how Tesla is concerned about the personal information of customers and how it always emphasizes that the privacy of electric car owners “will always be of great importance to us.”

Former Tesla employees spoke about the content of the photos and videos they shared. Some recordings found Tesla customers in uncomfortable situations, for example, in one of the videos, a naked man approached an electric car. There were records of accidents and incidents related to aggressive behavior on the roads. One video from 2021 shows a Tesla speeding through a residential area and hitting a child on a bicycle.

About three years ago, Tesla employees came across a video of a unique submarine in Elon Musk’s garage. A white Lotus Esprit submarine nicknamed “Wet Nelly” was featured in the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. It is known that Musk bought a submarine for $968,000 at an auction in 2013. It is not known whether the masses are aware of the existence of such a video and the fact that his subordinates shared it.

In the online customer privacy notice, Tesla guarantees that the recordings from the cameras remain anonymous and are not linked to you or your car. But seven former employees told Reuters that a computer program they used at work could show the geolocation of records and potentially the location of a Tesla owner. Moreover, some recordings were made from parked and switched off electric vehicles.

Reuters recalls that since 2016, Tesla has hired hundreds of people in Africa and later in the United States to label images to help its electric cars learn to recognize pedestrians, road signs, construction machinery, garage doors and other objects on the road. or in houses. customers These specialists accessed thousands of videos and photos from customer cameras to study and identify objects. Tesla is now automating processes and last year closed a data labeling center in San Mateo, California. But there are still hundreds of professionals working in Buffalo, New York.

Reuters reached out for joint comments on the Tesla incident, and also asked Elon Musk to comment on the story of the leaked video of his Wet Nelly. Neither Tesla nor Musk have yet responded to the agency.

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