Tesla is phasing out radar sensors, switching to camera-based autopilot
Tesla Inc. updated its website on Tuesday to announce that Model 3 and Model Y vehicles built for North America and delivered this month will not be equipped with radar.
On behalf of Tesla’s earnings last month, CEO Elon Musk called the radar one of the many final ‘crutches’ the EV maker needs to delay its pursuit of full range. proved elusive at this point.
Musk has been famous for opposing lidar know-how, which uses gentle laser pulses to detect objects. He has since been embittered on radar, which uses radio waves to do the same mailman. Tesla’s sensor suite previously relied on radar in addition to eight cameras.
“We are continuing to transition to Tesla Vision, our camera-based autopilot system,” the company’s website says. “As of deliveries in May 2021, Model 3 and Model Y vehicles built for the North American market will no longer be equipped with radar. Instead, these will be the first Tesla vehicles to rely on camera vision and neural network processing to deliver autopilot, fully autonomous driving, and some active safety features.
The transfer comes as Tesla’s driver assistance feature, often known as autopilot, appears to be under increasing regulatory scrutiny in the U.S. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA , in addition to the National Transportation Safety Board, has launched investigations into a fatal accident in Texas. who killed two men in April. A preliminary report from the NTSB mentioned that the owner of Tesla initially drove the automobile.
On May 5, a Tesla Model 3 crashed into an overturned semi-trailer truck at 2:35 a.m. in Fontana, Southern California, and the motive power was killed. The NHTSA, in addition to the California Highway Patrol’s multidisciplinary accident investigation team, is still investigating this accident.
“To clarify, there was no final determination as to how the Tesla drove or whether it contributed to the crash,” CHP said in a May 14 press release.
Although Musk has been mentioning it for a number of years, he believes Tesla is on the cusp of providing Level 5 range – meaning its vehicles don’t require human intervention – drivers wanted to hold their palms down. on the steering wheel when using the autopilot. Tesla raised more than $ 2 billion two years ago after Musk made a number of robotaxis predictions that failed to materialize. Many Tesla customers who have Autopilot say the options increase over time as the company rolls out new software updates.
Late Tuesday, Musk tweeted about the latest changes and updates to come.