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Tesla Model 3 & Model Y Autopilot ditches radar for cameras

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Tesla has announced that the brand has ditched the radar-based Autopilot system for a Camera-based system. The brand will roll out the new Model 3 and Model Y changes in the initial phase. The new camera-based system is known as Tesla Vision and integrate the technology into Tesla Model 3 and Model In North America from May 2021. 

Tesla Vision

The Model 3 and Model Y will be the first-ever Tesla vehicles to feature the camera-based system. Tesla has chosen the Model 3 and Model Y so that the brand can “analyze a large volume of real-world data in a shorter amount of time”. This will help the technology company to employ the Tesla Vision on other Tesla vehicles in the near future. This system relies entirely on camera feedback for the Autopilot features. The car can also use the system for autonomous lane changing and full self-driving. This means Tesla will be removing the forward-facing radar sensors from these vehicles. 

Radar sensors help detect the vehicles’ distance and speed ahead and work in poor visibility and weather. Therefore, most car manufacturers use the technology to map the road ahead and use adaptive cruise control. But on the contrary, Tesla CEO Elon Musk supports the use of the camera-based system and ultrasonic sensors for autonomous driving technology. 

Limited Function on Automated Driving

According to reports, Tesla mentions that the new Tesla Vision will have limited functionality for a limited period. This includes limiting the Autosteer feature up to the speed of 75 mph. Tesla could temporarily deactivate some functions such as Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance and Smart Summon. All other autopilot functions will function normally, and Tesla will roll out over-the-air updates enabling full access to the features shortly. Tesla will also inform the customer’s purchasing the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y, about the Tesla Vision, before delivery. 

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