Why is Tesla doing away with radar for Autopilot in some models?

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Why is Tesla doing away with radar for Autopilot in some models?

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 Why is Tesla doing away with radar for Autopilot in some models?
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New Tesla Model 3 electric car presented at the Brussels Autosalon 2020 Motor Show. 

Summary

  • Will enable camera-based system to enable Autopilot features in its Model 3 and Y.
  • The transition is only applicable in Canada and US.
  • Some features would be disabled during the transition period.

Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Inc (NYSE:TSLA) on Tuesday said that the company ditching radar and replacing it with a camera-based system to enable Autopilot features in its Model 3 and Y vehicles in the Canadian and US markets.

These will be the first Tesla vehicles to rely on camera vision and neural net processing to deliver Autopilot, Full-Self Driving and certain active safety features, the company said in a blogpost.

                         

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During the transition period, the cars with Tesla Vision are expected to be delivered with Autosteer’s maximum speed capped at 75 miles per hour (120.7 kilometre per hour). Smart Summon and Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance are also expected to be disabled at delivery.

These features would be restored through a series of over-the-air software updates.

However, other features like Autopilot and Full Self-Driving will be active at delivery, the company added.

This transition seems to be part of product testing by the company. Being the higher volume cars for the company, transitioning Model 3 and Model Y to Tesla Vision first allows the company time to analyse a large volume of real-world data in a short amount of time, the company said.

However, on the other hand, the new Model S and Model X, will continue to be equipped with radar-supported Autopilot until the company “determines the appropriate time to transition those vehicles to Tesla Vision.” The same goes for all the models built for markets other than the US and Canada.

Overnight, the shares of the company closed down by 29 basis points to US$604.69 a piece.

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