Some time ago, Elon Musk teases an “unexpected” announcement for Tesla, that announcement was today when they revealed that all of their new cars will be released with self-driving hardware built into them, allowing for full self-driving compatibility in the future.
This includes the Model 3, Model S, and the Model X, all of which will be getting a ton of new tech, including a computer that is 40 times more powerful than the last one.
There’s also eight cameras that have been placed around the outside of the car for full 360-degree vision at up to 250 metres in every direction. There’s also another 12 ultrasonic sensors to detect hard and soft objects.
Tesla says that these can see at nearly twice the distance when compared to the sensors on the current Tesla cars.
There’s also a new radar system that is placed at the front of the car and provides the driver with information about the road ahead, such as weather conditions.
Tesla released the following video to provide a quick look at the self-driving tech:
They also explained more with the following:
Self-driving vehicles will play a crucial role in improving transportation safety and accelerating the world’s transition to a sustainable future. Full autonomy will enable a Tesla to be substantially safer than a human driver, lower the financial cost of transportation for those who own a car and provide low-cost on-demand mobility for those who do not.
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.
You can read more about the launch at the source link below.