I stopped Tesla is building front radar sensors in Model 3 and Model Y cars in North America, after CEO Elon Musk publicly expressed his desire to rely on cameras to power the company’s advanced driver assistance system called Autopilot.
Tesla has announced the official transition to the Tesla Vision without radar over the Model 3 and Model Y, and has warned of some limitations regarding autopilot features at the start of the process.
Tesla is developing the vision-based version of the Autopilot during a limited pilot test of the Autonomous Full Drive program.
However, it has not been confirmed that the automatic guide works without the radar sensor, as it limits or disables some features in these vehicles for an indefinite period of time.
Over the past few months, Tesla has been talking about converting automatic piloting and fully autonomous driving technology to using computer vision only based on cameras and not relying on its forward radar anymore.
We continue to move to Tesla Vision, the camera-based automated advisor system, and starting with deliveries in May 2021, Model 3 and Model Y vehicles designed for the North American market will no longer be equipped with radar, the company said.
“This will be the first Tesla vehicle to rely on camera vision and neural network processing to provide autopilot, fully autonomous driving and some active safety features,” she added.
The automaker cautioned that the move brings some fundamental limitations to the Autosteer program, the autosteer feature, and the Smart Summon, a feature of the fully autonomous driving package.
Autosteer is limited to a top speed of 75 mph and a longer follow-up distance, smart recall (if equipped) may be disabled and emergency lane departure avoided upon delivery.
As always, Tesla plans to improve the technology through software updates over the air in order to restore those features and exceed current capabilities.
“In the coming weeks, we will begin to restore these features through a series of software updates over the air, so that all available fully autopilot and autopilot features are active,” she said.
The latest version of Tesla Vision was developed for the first time as part of the pilot fully autonomous driving program that was tested in the Early Access program.
The company initially focused on making the Model 3 and Model Y rely exclusively on a vision-based system.
The company wrote: The move to Tesla Vision allows us to analyze a large volume of real-world data in a short period of time, which speeds up the deployment of Tesla Vision-based features.
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