According to Electrek, Tesla told the Federal Communications Commission that the company plans to install a new radar in its cars starting next year January.

The move has raised more concerns that its hardware suite may need to be updated to achieve its promised self-driving capabilities.

Since 2016, Tesla has claimed that all future vehicles it produces will have "all the hardware needed" to enable self-driving through future software updates. Tesla believes that the best way to achieve autonomous driving is to use the camera as the only sensor.

The logic is that roads are designed by humans to operate cars through vision (eyes) and biological neural networks (brains). The best way to replicate this is to replace the eyes with a camera and the brain with a neural network running on a computer.

Tesla eliminated radar from its vehicles last year and ultrasonic sensors earlier this year.

Earlier this year, Tesla surprised the FCC by applying to use new radars in its vehicles. The FCC had given Tesla secrecy so that it would not release details of the new radar. These confidentiality periods are generally 6 months and expire tomorrow, but Tesla has applied for an extension.

In the filing, Tesla also confirmed that the company plans to start selling the new radar in "mid-January."

AndroBliz learned that Tesla CEO Elon Musk said after Tesla stopped using its radar in June last year that the safety level of pure vision will be higher than vision + radar, and vision has become very it is good.

However, Musk also said that if Tesla has a "very high-resolution radar", it may still use radar . No. I mean vision with high resolution radar would be better than pure vision."

It looks like what Musk mentioned last year might happen, with Tesla preparing to install a more advanced radar in its vehicles and possibly a new sensor suite on new Model 3 prototypes.

However, this has raised concerns that with the current vehicle hardware, Tesla may not be able to achieve its promised self-driving capabilities.

It's possible that Tesla will roll out a new set of Autopilot hardware next month that just improves its performance, while Tesla still plans to offer Autopilot on its current hardware.


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