When are too many features, too many features? A recent post on Reddit with an image of what appears to be a front end camera on a Tesla Cybertruck displayed at NYC this past weekend literally begs this question when the Reddit public pointed out that not only is Tesla not the first automaker to install a front end camera on their vehicles; but, that such a camera comes with problems.
These problems typically focus on road splatter, insect splatter, weather conditions, and replacement if-and-when damage occurs.
Then too, there is also the question of what is the real function of a front end camera? Adding to a 360 degree viewing range? For parking purposes only? To see what you just ran over without having to get out of the vehicle?
Don’t get me wrong, I like new tech and features—but not when they become just another issue that can interfere with a good driving experience. And especially when it can lead to an unintended mishap that the engineers who designed the system did not foresee: Least of all, privacy issues. Would a recorded front end view of an accident open the driver up to subpoenaing or even impounding his or her Tesla as evidence?
Stranger things have happened.
That said, if you have ever experienced a mishap with a front end camera on your vehicle—or would like to weigh-in with your opinion on when features become too many features, be sure to respond to this article and let us know what you think.
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Timothy Boyer is Torque News Tesla and EV reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily Tesla and electric vehicle news.