Monday September 12, 2016

Tesla's Autopilot Will Use Radar As Primary Sensor

According to this post on Tesla's official blog, the company is upgrading it's Autopilot feature to use radar sensors more in its software update 8.0. Feel free to add your own "radar guided crash" jokes here.

While there are dozens of small refinements with Version 8 of our software, described in addendum below, the most significant upgrade to Autopilot will be the use of more advanced signal processing to create a picture of the world using the onboard radar. The radar was added to all Tesla vehicles in October 2014 as part of the Autopilot hardware suite, but was only meant to be a supplementary sensor to the primary camera and image processing system.