Tesla’s Elimination of Radar Is Paying Off In A Big Way
It is relatively old news that Tesla has decided to axe radar and rely on cameras exclusively for their self-driving software. The important point here is that the sky is the limit now because Tesla isn’t relying on radar. In the future, this will be seen as one of the best decisions Tesla ever made. Tesla did not just eliminate radar, but they have also improved other aspects of cars such as the Model Y so that all the pieces fit together. These aspects include objects like the windshield wipers which have been moved over to the side of the windshield so they would work more effectively
Some still think radar could be useful
There was one video posted on Youtube about a week ago where a driver voices their concerns about a Tesla without radar. This driver says that radar is useful because it allows the Tesla to see two cars in front. This is an important question that was raised, and part of this switch to Vision means that car companies and drivers alike will have to start thinking of AI differently instead of just as a substitute for a human driver. The AI does see further in front but was only showing one car on the screen. Another complaint some drivers had is that the auto high beams must be turned on to even use autopilot. These high beams have been said to help the cameras see further in front.
Tesla’s Vision makes the car drive better
Contrary to what some have said, the self-driving systems operate with more precision in Tesla cars without radar. The reason why Tesla has now unlocked their full potential is that the cameras eliminate many hiccups. In previous critiques of autopilot, it has been said that the car was too timid and often wasn't positioned correctly on the road.
Tesla is getting out of their comfort zone
This switch to Vision shows that Tesla is getting out of their comfort zone. The costs could be enormous for Tesla if they release new software that makes major errors. However, using only cameras allows Tesla to make cars that drive more fluid. This could be seen as a negative that the car is acting less cautious, but so far it has been shown to be a positive. There have reportedly been many testimonies that stated that the new Model Y with no radar drives noticeably different than the previous generation vehicle that is equipped with radar.
Why a future without radar is so promising
In a previous article, it was hinted that Tesla Vision was going to alter the way the vehicle drives for the better. This seems to have come true. The best part is that cameras don’t seem to have very strict limits as to how quickly they can react to their surroundings. Radar seems to have limits as to how fast it can operate. The AI is set loose with cameras, which is why radar can be compared to training wheels.
Daniel Cappo reports Tesla developments at Torque News. He has had a passion for cars ever since age five when his grandparents let him drive their old golf cart around their property in Upstate NY. He has attended numerous auto shows, and even got the chance to drive a Ferrari California on the track. Ever since Tesla opened up a dealership at his local mall, he's been an avid follower of their cars and technology. Dan has a B.S. in Public Communication from U Vermont. Follow Daniel on Twitter and LinkedIn for daily Tesla News.