Tesla doubles its camera-based autopilot system amid growing scrutiny

Visitors wearing face masks check out a Chinese-made Tesla Model Y sport utility vehicle (SUV) at the electric vehicle manufacturer’s showroom in Beijing, China January 5, 2021. REUTERS / Tingshu Wang / File Photo

Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) announced on Tuesday that it will eliminate a radar sensor and rely on cameras for its semi-automated autopilot system for Model 3 and Model Y vehicles in the North American market from this month.

The move came as regulators and the media increasingly scrutinize the safety of what Tesla calls “full autonomous driving” features, following a series of crashes.

“These will be the first Tesla vehicles to rely on camera vision and neural network processing to provide autopilot, fully autonomous driving and certain active safety features,” Tesla said in a statement.

Tesla’s autopilot system currently consists of eight surround cameras around its vehicles, supplemented by forward-facing radar and 12 ultrasonic sensors. A radar sensor uses radio sensors to detect the distance of objects.

“All new Model S and Model X, as well as all vehicles built for markets outside of North America, will continue to be equipped with radar … until we determine the appropriate time. to move these vehicles to Tesla Vision, ”he said.

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