Tesla eliminates ultrasonic sensors from Model Y & Model 3 vehicles

Tesla eliminates ultrasonic sensors from Model Y & Model 3 vehicles

by Nandita Bhardwaj

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Inc., is reportedly taking the next step toward his goal of using solely cameras and software to enable its advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) and other active safety measures by removing ultrasonic sensors from Model 3 and Model Y vehicles.

Notably from this month all Model 3 and Model Y vehicles made for Europe, North America, Taiwan, and the Middle East, will not possess the 12 ultrasonic sensors anymore that are usually located on the rear and front bumpers of its vehicles.

For those unaware, ultrasonic sensors use ultrasonic waves to determine distance, are basically used as proximity sensors to assist anti-collision safety systems, and are most effective in low-speed situations like parking.

Tesla announced the modifications 17 months after stating that it will do away with radar in its vehicles. The choice to forego radar or ultrasonics is a radical departure from the rest of the industry, which is equipping its cars with more sensors to enable ADAS rather than deleting them.

Radar, cameras, and now lidar provide the sensing required for ADAS features like adaptive cruise control, which adjusts the speed of a car in response to traffic, and automatic lane changing.

It is worth mentioning that Tesla started implementing its so-called Tesla Vision plan in 2021 when it stopped offering radar in its North American-made Model 3 and Model Y vehicles, followed by the Model S and Model X in 2022.

Tesla stated that the Model Y and Model 3 vehicles will be the first to be free of ultrasonic sensors (also known as USS) and will feature Model S and Model X vehicles starting in 2023.

According to Tesla, any vehicle that is originally given to customers without USS will have inactive or limited functions like summon, which enables a person to move their vehicle forward or back using the Tesla app, and park assist. The business stated that those features would eventually be recovered through over-the-air software updates.


Source Credit: https://techcrunch.com/2022/10/04/tesla-is-now-building-model-3-and-model-y-vehicles-without-ultrasonic-sensors/

Nandita Bhardwaj

Having a marketing management post graduate degree under her belt, Nandita spent considerable time working in the field of recruitment. However, her real interest lay in playing with words and soon enough, she commenced her career in the field of content creation. Currently, she authors insightfu Read more...