— J. D. (@jeffdoug2) May 6, 2017
You can opt out if you feel it's an invasion of privacy, but Tesla assures owners it's not.
With the latest over-the-air software update, Tesla includes the info posted to Twitter as seen above.
Tesla Autopilot 2.0 - Auto Lane Change
Tesla is essentially asking permission to send short video clips from owner's car to the mothership to improve Autopilot.
As Tesla explains (via Electrek):
"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.”
Tesla provides the option to agree or opt out of this new collection of short video clips.
"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 with partners that contribute similar data to help us provide service. At no point is any personally identifiable information collected or shared during this process."
Seems harmless enough, so we figure most owners are opting in with the goal being that of owning a fully self-driving Tesla sooner rather than later.