Rear Facing Camera(s)
Model S is equipped with a rear view camera located above the rear license plate.
Whenever you shift into Reverse, the touchscreen displays the view from the camera. Lines show your driving path based on the position of the steering yoke (or steering wheel). These lines adjust as you move the steering yoke (or steering wheel).
Model S also displays images from the side cameras (if equipped). Simply swipe up or down to hide or show the side camera views.
If a black screen appears on the touchscreen instead of the rear view camera feed when in Reverse, use the rear view mirrors and ensure your surroundings are safe before continuing to Reverse. If inoperability of the rear view camera persists, use the mobile app to schedule a service appointment.
Cleaning a Camera
To ensure a clear picture, the camera lens must be clean and free of obstructions. There are two different methods to clean a camera, depending on when your vehicle was built.
For vehicles built prior to approximately January 12, 2023: Remove any build-up of dirt or debris by spraying water onto the camera lens with a spray bottle. Do not attempt to remove dirt or debris by wiping an exposed lens with your hands or a cloth. This debris can damage the surface of the lens when rubbed against it during wiping.
For vehicles built as of approximately January 12, 2023: Remove any build-up of dirt or debris by spraying water onto the camera lens and drying it with a microfiber cloth. Clean the camera lens every week during wet weather (snow, rain, sleet) and every month during dry weather.