Following the Tesla Model Y and 3, the Model S and X, produced from mid-February 2022 for the North American market, are not equipped with radar and will have Tesla Vision.
Starting in May 2021, all Model 3s and Ys shipped to the North American market were no longer equipped with radar. Powerful visual processing was able to "see" at up to 250 meters of range, which is a significant increase from the prior 160 meters, making pure vision possible. The production of Model Y and 3 without radar was Tesla's first step in moving to Tesla Vision, which relies only on cameras and does not need radar.
Following more budget models, the manufacturer switched its premium line to pure vision. On the updated "Transitioning to Tesla Vision" page, in addition to the new description, the company has added information about Model Y and X. In response to Frequently Asked Questions, the manufacturer wrote that all vehicles produced for the North American market starting from February 2022 utilize Tesla Vision, although up to this point they were produced with a radar.
"As of mid-February 2022, all Model S and Model X built for the North American market utilize Tesla Vision. All Model S and Model X built for the North American market prior are equipped with radar."
In addition, there was an update about Tesla Vision. Previously, while cars were transitioning to Tesla Vision, some of their features were temporarily limited or inactive, including Autosteer, which was limited to a maximum speed of 75 mph and a longer minimum following distance, and Smart Summon (if equipped) and Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance have been disabled at delivery. Autosteer will now be limited to a maximum speed of 80 mph and a longer minimum following distance. No restrictions are mentioned for Smart Summon.
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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.