All Tesla Cars Being Produced Now Have Full Self-Driving Hardware

Electric carmaker Tesla said on Wednesday that it would equip all of its new vehicles with technology that enables fully autonomous driving. But despite the cameras, sensors and radars being introduced, it is still expected to be years before the vehicles become fully self-driving.

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.

During the announcement Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said that his goal is to demonstrate a vehicle traveling in fully autonomous mode from Los Angeles to New York by the end of next year. Autonomous features will be introduced over time based on what he dubbed “Hardware 2,” he said.

Tesla cars already come with a semi-autonomous system called Autopilot. But having a fully autonomous car on the road by 2018 would put the Palo Alto, Calif., auto maker ahead of major car companies racing to develop their own self-driving models.




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