Tesla May Be Working on Powerful New Radar & Ultrasonic Sensors, Says Hacker

Tesla May Be Working on Powerful New Radar & Ultrasonic Sensors, Says Hacker

All new Tesla cars come standard with advanced hardware capable of providing Autopilot features today, and full self-driving capabilities in the future. This is made possible thanks to over-the-air software updates designed to improve functionality over time.

Eight surround cameras provide 360 ​​degrees of visibility around the car at up to 250 meters of range. Twelve ultrasonic sensors complement this vision, allowing for the detection of both hard and soft objects. A forward-facing radar with enhanced processing provides additional data about the world on a redundant wavelength that is able to see through heavy rain, fog, dust, and even the car ahead. But Tesla continues to improve its vehicles by installing new equipment that will make driving even safer and more advanced.

Hacker @greentheonly/Twitter has once again noticed several updates for Model 3 and Model Y. In addition to the fact that again there was information about the Standard/Adaptive air suspension, which is probably in development, he noticed that the sensor types were extended. @greentheonly saw that there was now an indication of a new ultrasonics type Tesla. The other sensor that appeared in options is radar.

These new sensors should have a better range and resolution than the sensors currently in use. Better equipment will allow the vehicles to "see" farther and react to situations sooner and more reliably.

At the moment, Advanced Sensor Coverage has the following characteristics, according to the company's website:

Narrow forward camera
Max distance 250m

Main Forward Camera
Max distance 150m

Wide Forward Camera
Max distance 60m

Max distance 160m

Forward Looking Side Cameras
Max distance 80m

Max distance 8m

Rear View Camera
Max distance 50m

Rearward Looking Side Cameras
Max distance 100m

Improving the performance of the Radar will allow it to "see" farther than the current 160 meters, rendering Tesla vehicles even more advanced in their use of FSD.

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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.

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