Tesla released a new feature that uses the camera’s to create a dashcam. You can enable the Tesla dashcam feature by following the steps below:
Step 1: buy a USB drive
Your Tesla uses a dedicated flash drive to store all data. I recommend buying a high endurance USB drive with high write speeds (20 MB/s or more). A capacity of 32 GB should be the lower limit, but it’s not a bad idea to go for 128 GB or even 256 GB.
- Capacity: at least 32 GB
- Write speed: 20 MB/s or better
- Type: USB 3.0 or 3.1 (USB 2.0 works as well)
Step 2: format the USB drive
Format the drive to a FAT32 (on Windows) or MS-DOS (FAT) (on Mac) file system. You can find instructions online:
If it’s not formatted properly, your Tesla will not recognize the drive when inserted.
Step 3: create the folder
Open the drive on your computer and create a new folder titled “TeslaCam” (without the quotation marks). Make sure you capitalize the ‘T’ and ‘C’.
Step 4: insert the USB drive in your car
Go to your Tesla and insert the USB drive in one of the front-row USB ports.
If you followed the previous steps correctly, a little Dashcam icon will show up in the status bar.
Dashcam automatically begins recording (indicated by the red dot). Tap the icon to save the last 10 minutes of video. Press and hold the dashcam icon to stop recording.
To access the video, remove the USB drive and open it on your computer. You’ll find the footage in the “TeslaCam” folder.