Tesla is phasing out radar sensors, switching to camera-based autopilot –

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Tesla is phasing out radar sensors, switching to camera-based autopilot – fr


Tesla Inc. updated its website on Tuesday to announce that Model 3 and Model Y cars built for North America and shipped this month will no longer be equipped with radar.
During Tesla’s earnings call last month, CEO Elon Musk called the radar one of the last “crutches” the electric vehicle maker wants to remove in its quest for full autonomy, which has proven elusive so far. Musk was famously opposed to lidar technology, which uses pulses of laser light to detect objects. He’s been bitter about radar ever since, which uses radio waves to do the same thing. Tesla’s sensor suite previously relied on radar as well as eight cameras.

“We are continuing to transition to Tesla Vision, our camera-based autopilot system,” says company website. “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 move comes as Tesla’s driver assistance feature, known as Autopilot, appears to be under increasing regulatory scrutiny in the U.S. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, as well as the The National Transportation Safety Board has opened an investigation into a fatal and inflamed accident in Texas that killed two men in April. A preliminary report from the NTSB said the Tesla owner initially drove the car.



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