Starting now, all new Tesla cars will be fitted with new sensors and much more powerful computers to make them “substantially safer than a human driver.”
While the Autopilot is still treading in murky waters after some highly publicized crashes, Elon Musk’s pioneering skills go on unabated, with the company’s new cars being built as of now incorporating more advanced self-driving hardware – that will pave the way towards fully autonomous driving in the near future. The updates will be offered on the Model S, Model X and Model 3 for the ability to self-drive “at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver,” according to the company. The autonomous functions will be guided through 12 new ultrasonic sensors that can detect obstacles at almost twice the distance of today’s Autopilot sensors.
Eight cameras will provide a 360-degree view around the car, a new forward-facing radar sensor will detect obstacles even in precipitation, while the computing power is taken care by a new processor that Tesla claims to be 40 times more powerful than the old Autopilot unit. “This system provides a view of the world that a driver alone cannot access, seeing in every direction simultaneously and on wavelengths that go far beyond the human senses,” Tesla added. The Model S and Model X coming out of the factory now already have the new suite of upgrades, and the Model 3 will have it once it commences production. There’s a catch though, as “Teslas with new hardware will temporarily lack certain features currently available on Teslas with first-generation Autopilot hardware,” the company said, “including some standard safety features such as automatic emergency breaking, collision warning, lane holding and active cruise control.” As the software gets validated, the company will push it through over-the-air updates.