Having made the appropriate changes to the description of its Powerful Visual Processing, which implied that Tesla would no longer produce some cars with radar, the company made an official statement. All Model 3 and Y that will deliver from May 2021 and target the North American market will no longer be equipped with radar.
On May 24, Tesmanian reported that Tesla has updated its description of the equipment for Autopilot and Full-Self Driving (FSD) on its website. According to the new information, powerful visual processing can now "see" at up to 250 meters of range, which is a significant increase from the prior 160 meters. This update applies only to Model 3 and Y. This led to the idea that the company has achieved its goal of transitioning Autopilot and FSD to pure vision.
Now the confirmation of these assumptions has followed, as Tesla published an official statement on its blog. According to the press release, the company is continuing its transition to Tesla Vision, which will rely only on cameras and will not need a radar. Starting with deliveries in May 2021, Model 3 and Model Y vehicles destined for the North American market will no longer be equipped with radar. These will be the first vehicles to fully rely on camera vision and neural net processing to deliver Autopilot, FSD, and certain active safety features. Under these changes, all customers who have received vehicles with Tesla Vision will be notified of the change through their Tesla accounts prior to delivery.
The company also warned that during the short period of time that vehicles will switch to Tesla Vision, some of their functions may be temporarily limited or inactive, including:
- Autosteer will be limited to a maximum speed of 75 mph and a longer minimum following distance.
- Smart Summon (if equipped) and Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance may be disabled at delivery.
Tesla also made it clear that all new Model S and Model X, and vehicles built for markets outside of North America, will be equipped with radar and will have radar-supported Autopilot functionality until the company determines the appropriate time to transition those vehicles to Tesla Vision.
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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.