I in all probability noticed information of the brand new Tesla blind spot digicam characteristic when it was launched in December 2021 after which forgot about it, or possibly it was in some way in my social media and Google Information blind spot (haha) and I by no means observed it in any respect. Effectively, lately, whereas going by way of my settings for one thing else, I observed “Automated Blind Spot Digicam” within the Autopilot settings and enabled it. The outline says, “Present aspect repeater digicam when flip sign is engaged.”
In brief, once you activate a flip sign, a video feed of one among your cameras exhibits up on the underside left nook of the display. (Reportedly, you’ll quickly have the ability to transfer the place on the display the blind spot digicam feed exhibits.)
When you interact the left flip sign, you’ll get a video feed from the again left nook of the automotive. When you interact the fitting flip sign, you’ll get a video feed from the again proper nook of the automotive. Right here’s a brief video from the internets displaying use of the Automated Blind Spot Digicam characteristic:
I really like this new(ish) characteristic. It offers nice visibility to the areas behind my automotive the place one other automotive could also be hiding out and asking for a horrific accident if I begin altering lanes or turning with out checking the blind spots adequately.
The one draw back of the digicam feed is that you simply do should look down and away from the highway for a second to view it, so you continue to have to recollect to make use of it and also you do should take your eyes off of different potential points in entrance of you or on the aspect of you on the similar time that you simply’re getting ready to alter lanes or flip. That is one case the place it will really be good to have just a little display behind the steering wheel — just like the IONIQ 5 has (although, the IONIQ 5’s digicam feed appears to be notably smaller and thus not fairly as helpful as Tesla’s in that respect):
However, clearly, we’re not getting that display added to a Mannequin 3 and I’ve an even bigger request anyway.
The blind spot that has brought about me essentially the most danger isn’t truly one of many ones at the back of the automotive. It’s the blind spot attributable to the front-right pillar. There have been a handful of cases during which somebody (in a automotive, on a motorbike, or strolling) was going from proper to left at simply the identical charge as I used to be shifting ahead such that they remained hidden behind that pillar for a number of seconds, and even a number of seconds.
It appears inconceivable once you take a look at the pillar, however it occurs. It’s just like the magic of a photo voltaic eclipse and the truth that the moon is simply the fitting dimension to completely block the a lot bigger solar on account of how a lot additional away the solar is. A full automotive can match behind the pillar because it drives alongside a crossroad, in all probability aided in its cowl by the rear-view mirror.
Ideally, after I activate my left flip sign, I’d have two blind spot digicam feeds pop onto the touchscreen — one for the again left and one for the entrance proper.
I do know — that is in all probability an excessive amount of to ask and my want received’t be granted. However one can attempt.
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