Tesla will no longer include radar sensors in new Model S and Model X electric vehicles.

New Model S And Model X EVs With No Sensor

Tesla is doubling down on its cam-only approach for advanced driver-assistance features in its electric vehicles, dubbed Tesla Vision.

Here are the major highlights:

  • Tesla removed the radar sensors from its Model 3 and Model Y vehicles heading for North America last year, and it has now done the same in its larger models, the S, and X.
  • Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, has stated that developing self-driving cars necessitates them operating like human drivers: with eyes and a brain. This means relying solely on cameras and a neural network to identify what lies ahead in electric vehicles.
  • NHTSA initiated an inquiry into “phantom braking” issues earlier this month, which might affect all Model 3 and Model Y EVs built without radar sensors.
New Model S And Model X EVs With No Sensor
New Model S And Model X EVs With No Sensor

Late last week, Tesla updated its website to declare that, starting in mid-February 2022, all Model S and Model X vehicles built for the North American market will use only Tesla Vision, the automaker’s “camera-based Autopilot technology.”

Until last month’s modification, all Model S and Model X EVs intended for North America were equipped with radar sensors.

Still, since May 2021, the firm has been constructing new Model 3 and Model Y vehicles without front radar sensors.

New Model S And Model X EVs With No Sensor
New Model S And Model X EVs With No Sensor

That’s when Tesla announced a switch from radar to Tesla Vision for those cars, similar to what the business is doing now with the X and S models.

Tesla Vision combines visual data streams with neural network processing to provide Autopilot, Full-Self Driving, and active safety measures.

Tesla is also altering how its radar-free vehicles operate compared to their radar-equipped counterparts. According to the firm, Tesla Vision cars will have their Autosteer limited to a maximum speed of 80 mph for a “brief duration during this transition,” and adaptive cruise control will demand a larger minimum following distance.

Currently, no Tesla vehicle, indeed, no production passenger vehicle from any automaker, can be self-driving.

Tesla concedes that two of the automaker’s active-safety technologies, forward-collision warning, and automated emergency braking, have yet to be evaluated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on vehicles equipped with Tesla Vision.

Nevertheless, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given these two technologies a rating on Tesla cars equipped with radar sensors.

Tesla noted on its website, “We expect those ratings to be restored through confirmatory testing in the coming weeks.”

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, believes that self-driving cars should learn to drive in the same manner that humans do: by watching and thinking about what they observe.

Musk said on Twitter Friday that another advanced sensor type, lidar, might be “seductive.”

Still, cars don’t have to learn how to drive themselves without addressing the radar his company’s cars will no longer employ. “Since the road system was designed to work with biological neural nets and eyes,” he added, “a generic solution to self-driving will inevitably involve silicon neural nets and cameras.” “AI in the Real World.” He’s been singing it for a time now.

“Humans drive with eyes and biological neural nets; therefore, it makes obvious that cameras and silicon neural nets are the only way to accomplish a generic answer to self-driving,” Musk wrote in an October essay.

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