It appears that there is a significant amount of damage control going on at Tesla. CEO Elon Musk announced the EV maker will be ditching its radar sensor for a “camera-focused Autopilot system,” as scrutiny continues to mount following a number of high-profile crashes involving its Autopilot and Full Self Driving features.
On Tuesday, Tesla revealed on its website that its Model 3 and Model Y vehicles being assembled in North America will no longer include radar beginning as early as this month. The EV maker’s infamous Autopilot— which has yet to live up to its name— is now expected to function using camera vision, causing some features to be disabled for the duration of the transition.
“Pure vision Autopilot is now rolling out in North America,” confirmed Musk via twitter, in reference to Tesla’s latest change. Recall, the EV maker has not had a very successful go at its self-driving aspirations as of late, being forced to shelve its latest Full Self Driving beta after various embarrassing videos went viral of the software running into repeated problems. Road and Track even labeled the software as “laughably bad” and “potentially dangerous.”
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