Tesla Starts Autpilot Data Collection from Model 3

For almost a year Tesla has been collecting data from customer vehicles. Starting April 2017 several Gigabyte per day from Model S and Model X vehicles, where customers have agreed, are being collected. This data is used to improve the Autopilot and develop autonomous drive.

Now Tesla started a request to all Model 3 owners. With over 10,000 vehicles delivered the data collection can help to accelerate the Autopilot development.

Here is Tesla’s request:

We are working hard to improve autonomous safety features and make self-driving a reality for you as soon as possible.

In order to do so, we need to collect short video clips using the car’s external cameras to learn how to recognize things like lane lines, street signs, and traffic light positions. The more fleet learning of road conditions we are able to do, the better your Tesla’s self-driving ability will become.

We want to be super clear that these short video clips are not linked to your vehicle identification number. In order to protect your privacy, we have ensured that there is no way to search our system for clips that are associated with a specific car.

Do you agree to allow us to collect these clips? You can change your mind later at any time.


In order for these features to work, Tesla measures the road segment data of all participating vehicles but in a way that does not identify you or your car, and may share that with partners that contribute similar data to help us provide the service. At no point is any personally identifiable information collected or shared during this process.

Do you agree to allow us to collect this data? You can change your mind later at any time.


This article has also been published in German.

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