Tesla cars produced now will have "Full Self-Driving Hardware" which will be safer than human drivers
Tesla/Elon Musk announced today that all new Tesla vehicles will be equipped with full autonomous hardware to allow for a Level 5 of autonomy - which means the cars can drive themselves without any driver entirely.
All Model X and Model S cars being produced today onwards will have this hardware by default, and it is likely that the Model 3 will also come with the same hardware.
In Tesla’s press statement, they said:
"We are excited to announce that, as of today, all Tesla vehicles produced in our factory – including Model 3 – will have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver. Eight surround cameras provide 360 degree visibility around the car at up to 250 meters of range. Twelve updated ultrasonic sensors complement this vision, allowing for detection of both hard and soft objects at nearly twice the distance of the prior system. A forward-facing radar with enhanced processing provides additional data about the world on a redundant wavelength, capable of seeing through heavy rain, fog, dust and even the car ahead."
However, Tesla will not activate these features right now due to legal and safety issues.
Tesla seems to be ahead of the curve when it comes to autonomous driving technology. Tesla recently reported that over a million miles have been driven by Tesla’s existing autonomous software. They plan to use all this data to improve self-driving capabilities of all their cars using the new hardware.
Source: Tesla (Blog)
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