Tesla retires ultrasonic sensors, plans to include Tesla Vision safety tech


Tesla, led by Elon Musk, has announced the removal of ultrasonic sensors from its cars that detect objects around them. The company said it will now move towards installing camera-only Tesla Vision Safety technology in its cars.

“In 2021, we began our transition to Tesla Vision by removing radar from the Model 3 and Model Y, followed by the Model S and Model X in 2022. Today, in most parts of the world, these vehicles are now rely on Tesla Vision, our camera. based on the autopilot system,” the company said.

Tesla plans to stop including the sensors in Model S and Model X cars next year. “Model 3 and Model Y with Tesla Vision have either maintained or improved their active safety ratings in the US and Europe, and achieve better results in Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) intervention for pedestrians,” the electric car maker said.

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“Today we are taking another step in Tesla Vision by removing the Ultrasonic Sensors (USS) from the Model 3 and Model Y,” he added. The company will continue this rollout with the Model 3 and Model Y, globally, over the coming months, followed by the Model S and Model X in 2023.

Along with the removal of the USS, it simultaneously launched a vision-based occupancy network – currently used in the Full Autonomous Driving (FSD) beta – to replace the inputs generated by ultrasonic sensors.

With today’s software, this approach gives the autopilot high-definition spatial positioning, longer-range visibility, and the ability to identify and differentiate between objects. “For a short time during this transition, Tesla Vision vehicles that are not equipped with USS will ship with certain features temporarily limited or inactive, including Park Assist, Autopark and Smart Summon,” Tesla said. In the near future, once these features reach performance parity with today’s vehicles, they will be restored via a series of over-the-air software updates.

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