A Reddit user who recently saw the Cybertruck at a Tesla showroom in NYC shared pictures of an eagle-eyed observation they made about the all-electric pickup truck: it has cameras embedded in the wheel arches.
According to the Tesla sales representative they met with, the cameras are there to replace the rear view mirrors, apparently.
However, take that with a grain of salt — sales representatives are notorious for being misinformed on technical information, and even though all of the working Cybertruck prototypes we’ve seen so far have ditched rear-view side mirrors, regulators in the U.S. require that all vehicles on the road have them installed.
Another possibility is that the cameras are there as part of Cybertruck’s Autopilot system, which is quite plausible as Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said the company wants to use an array of cameras for Cybertruck’s Autopilot system instead of relying on LiDAR.
With the wheel arches being highly susceptible to mud, snow, and other debris when driving around, Tesla is going to have to be mindful of everything that may impair the cameras’ view and implement possible solutions.
The Cybertruck is already confirmed to have armored glass, a bulletproof, stainless steel chassis, the ability to float(!), unparalleled speed for a pickup truck, no door handles, and a sticker price that blows other, gas-guzzling pickups right out of the water.
Tesla’s all-electric pickup looks more and more like something out of a futuristic Sci-Fi movie with every passing day. The Cybertruck is currently rumored to go into mass production sometime in June at Tesla’s Gigafactory in Texas.