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All New Tesla Cars Will Come With Self Driving Hardware Built In

Remigio Civitarese | 20 Ottobre, 2016, 12:41

Self-driving vehicles will play a crucial role in improving transportation safety and accelerating the world's transition to a sustainable future.

Musk said, "By the end of 2017, a Tesla would be able to drive in full autonomous mode from Los Angeles to NY without the need for a single touch on the wheel".

To that end, the company has announced that all forthcoming vehicles that it produces, including its presently available models and the Model 3, will be equipped with all the hardware necessary for full self-driving capability.

The technology being fitted to the new Tesla's includes eight surround cameras that provides 360 degree visibility around the auto out to 250 meters; twelve updated ultrasonic sensors that allow for detection of both hard and soft objects at almost twice the distance of the prior system; and a forward-facing radar with enhanced processing that provides the vehicle with additional data about the world around it on a redundant wavelength, including being capable of seeing through heavy rain, fog, dust and, perhaps remarkably, even the auto ahead. In contrast, cars produced before Wednesday only had one camera.

To aid in seeing in heavy rain, fog, and dust, a forward-facing radar with enhanced processing was added to provide additional data about the world on a redundant wavelength.

Musk also said that the hardware would operate in "shadow mode" for testing purposes to ideal the way the software works with the hardware.

Teslas will also include 12 updated ultrasonic sensors to complement the cameras, allowing the vehicles to detect both hard and soft objects at almost twice the distance of the prior system. "It's a big up-front commitment to self-driving technology that other automakers may not be willing to make at this point".

However, Michael Harley, senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book, said it is "actually not a challenge to offer a full range of Level 4 autonomous hardware to any new vehicle - this is essentially a collection of cameras, sensors, radars and processors".

"Before activating the features enabled by the new hardware, we will further calibrate the system using millions of miles of real-world driving to ensure significant improvements to safety and convenience".

Tesla insists that its new hardware will make the auto "substantially safer than a human driver" and "lower the financial cost of transportation" for drivers.

"All cars that Tesla makes from hereon out will have the hardware needed to be fully autonomous", he said.

The Autopilot system has drawn both praise and criticism, especially since its alleged involvement in some high-profile crashes. This new system will come at $12,000 (£9,200), while the current Autopilot features cost about $3,000 (£2,100).

If reporters contribute to turning people off from buying self-driving cars, "You're killing people", he claimed. But from the sound of it, Tesla is ahead of schedule.

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