This Week in Tesla: Semi to Power Canadian Log-Hauling Program, Internal Camera Possibly to be Used for Driver Monitoring System
By: Charlie O'Mara
Tesla Semi to Power Canadian Log-Hauling Program -
Mosaic Forest Management, a forest management company based out of Vancouver, BC, ordered several Tesla Semi trucks in hopes to be the first zero emissions log trucking operation. Here is the explanation from Mosaic:
“The BC forest sector has a significant role to play in addressing climate change. The working forest captures carbon as it grows, and wood products keep that carbon locked-up for decades. New trees are planted and the renewable cycle repeats. However, forestry operations generate tailpipe emissions, including from log trucks. Electrifying the fleet is a particularly good approach in British Columbia where over 90% of power in the Province is generated from clean hydroelectric sources.”
Internal Camera Possibly to be Used for Driver Monitoring System -
Beginning with the Model 3, Tesla has been including cabin-facing cameras inside of their cars. The original reasoning behind this is to prevent theft and protect owners if their cars were being used as Robotaxis. A hacker who goes by the name greentheonly on twitter tries to uncover things embedded in the code of Teslas to get an idea as to what upcoming features may be. Recently, he discovered that Tesla has the code for a driver monitoring system, much like the one GM uses in Supercruise. The system detects where a driver’s eyes are, and whether or not they are using their phone. This system could ultimately be implemented to enable drivers to take their hands off the wheel while using Autopilot, as long as their eyes remain on the road.