The motor company's CEO has responded on social media to a Twitter user raising privacy concerns about the camera - which is situated above the rear view mirror - and clarified what it would be used for.
He tweeted: "It's there for when we start competing with Uber/Lyft & people allow their car to earn money for them as part of the Tesla shared autonomy fleet. In case someone messes up your car, you can check the video."
He added that the idea is to make it possible for someone to use their car to make them money while they are doing other things.
Elon added: "That's exactly the idea. What's not well understood is that Tesla cars being made *today* will be able to do that for you.
"Just a matter of finishing the software & going through regulatory approval. Will be explained in depth via live webcast on April 22."
When someone suggested that rolling the software out to allow people to have a "shared autonomy fleet" would be a "complete game changer", the businessman seemed to agreed.
He continued: "Yes, instead of someone needing to drive their car personally, they can manage a fleet of self-driving cars."