In a software update last month, Tesla introduced a new feature that involves the side cameras in the backup camera system. The “repeater cameras” can be found mounted to the side of the vehicle offering a view of the blind spots.
Tesla stated in the release notes “You can now view video streams coming from your side repeater cameras for added visibility around the vehicle. When the backup camera is visible, simply swipe to display the repeater camera video feeds.”
Today, CEO Elon Musk, confirmed plans to incorporate one of the features requested by owners to include full-screen side cameras when making a turn.
This plan indicates that the side repeater cameras will become full-screen when the driver signals a turn or lane change. This could potentially be a glimpse into Tesla replacing side mirrors all together in exchange for side cameras, which the company has used before to detect if anyone or anything is in the blind spots.
European regulators made the use of side camera streaming screens legal inside vehicles, and we since have seen many automakers release vehicles with side cameras. However, it is not yet legal in the US, causing Tesla to put the idea on hold until the regulations are revisited in the U.S.