No radar in Tesla Model 3 and Model Y will launch with camera-only autopilot


Tesla’s autopilot system currently uses 8 cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and forward radar to read lane lines and detect nearby cars. 

Tesla is ditching the Model 3 and Model Y forward-facing radar sensors and starting to launch a product the company calls Tesla Vision, which will make Tesla’s driver assistance system almost entirely dependent on the car’s camera. . CEO Elon Musk has been touting “pure vision” for months and seems confident that Tesla will eventually be able to reach level 5 autonomy. Also this week, Bloomberg reported that a Tesla Model Y was found in Florida while testing a car provided by Luminar Technologies. The news agency noted that Musk had previously disparaged the use of lidar as a driving assistance function. 

The news agency noted that Musk had previously disparaged the use of lidar as a driving assistance function

According to an unidentified source, Bloomberg said that Tesla has a contract to use Luminar sensors for research and development. Tesla’s autopilot system currently uses 8 cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and forward radar to read lane lines and detect nearby cars. The new car will rely primarily on the car’s camera and your computer’s processing power to use the autopilot and functional suite currently included in the Fully Automated Driving (FSD) package. Other automakers use radar in their adaptive cruise control systems and benefit from being able to operate in bad weather conditions and direct sunlight. Tesla stated earlier this year that “all that is required for complete autonomy is ultimately the vision system.”  

Fully Automated Driving (FSD) package

However, this change was initially accompanied by a reduction in functionality. Tesla warned about Smart Summon. And the emergency lane exit evasion will be disabled. Autosteer helps keep the car in the center of the lane, it will be limited to 75 mph, it will be less than the previous 90 mph, and it will have a longer following distance. Tesla promises to solve these problems through future wireless updates. Tesla CEO Elon Musk insisted that the long-awaited fully automated driving feature will launch in full mass production later this year, but has specified a release date before then.  

He announced on Twitter that the full autonomous driving V9.0 Beta version will be released in about three weeks, and full autonomous driving subscriptions will also be available at that time. We tested the current system and found that it was far from what its name promised. The updated Model 3 and Model Y will be delivered this month, and in North America alone, Tesla noted that it chose to use its highest-production vehicles first to quickly obtain real-world data for rapid system improvement. The Model S and X will go radar-free later, presumably after combining most of the early learning from 3 and Y. Those who ordered a car before this month will be notified if their car is a Tesla Vision-equipped car. 

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