Tesla Model 3 with something similar to Lidar and additional sensors was spotted in Belgium.
When it comes to Tesla Autopilot, we know that the company's vehicles rely on cameras, ultrasonic sensors and radar. In fact, all cars of the company on the roads are constantly collecting information, which is subsequently used for fleet training. In this way, the company's vehicles are becoming smarter and better oriented in different situations.
However, over the past few years, Tesla has already used Lidar several times on its cars to validate the results that were provided by Tesla's standard cameras, radar, and neural network. These tests took place in 2016, 2017, as well as this year. Previously, the company's lidar-bearing test cars were only caught in California, USA.
Now YouTube user Mario Herger, shared a video where he managed to capture the Model 3 with Lidar and additional sensors in Belgium. At the moment, there is no confirmation that this car belongs to Tesla, so it is too early to conclude that the company is conducting tests on European roads.
The Model 3 rooftop device is similar to the Velodyne Puck 32MR Lidar. According to the manufacturer, this device is well-suited for industrial vehicles, mobile robots, and unmanned aerial vehicles moving at relatively low speeds.
Perhaps this technology was used to test Tesla Vision. Also, we should not exclude the possibility that this car belongs to a private person who collects information for his/her own purposes.
In any case, whether it was Tesla-sanctioned or not, it does not mean that Tesla CEO Elon Musk has changed his attitude towards Lidar. Tesla has made incredible strides in Autonomous Driving technology and continues to advance in this direction.
Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.