Today, many cars on the road have limited self-driving capabilities, but Tesla pushes the autonomous envelope with Autopilot and the spendy Full Self-Driving upgrade. One of the first to take self-driving technology seriously, it gave its cars a bevy of sensors to make it work. Tesla appears prepared to reinstall the radar units after removing them previously. Is this an indication that their camera-only strategy is failing?
Regardless of whether it’s an EV, a car requires as much information about its surroundings as possible to drive itself. A whole lidar rig attached to the roof is what it means for businesses like Waymo and Uber. Tesla has never gone that far; instead, it uses a combination of ultrasonic, radar, and video sensors to do the task. Tesla stopped shipping cars with radar in 2021 and removed ultrasonic sensors from several models earlier this year. Elon Musk, the company’s CEO, apparently gave the order because he wants the business to rely on cameras and machine learning algorithms.
Despite Elon Musk’s yearly assurance that Tesla is close to perfecting fully autonomous driving, the “vision-only” strategy may not work even though it has constructed enormous supercomputers to train its AI (FSD). Tesla is developing a new HD radar system that operates in the 76-77 GHz band, according to a recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Advanced driver assistance systems are characterized by their frequency and mechanical architecture of the sensor, according to TechCrunch (ADAS).