Elon Musk is opposed to the use of so-called lidars in automatic vehicle control systems. He believes in the potential of machine vision systems that allow automation to navigate even in places that are not covered by digital maps. In the future, the role of both radar and ultrasonic sensors will weaken.
Tesla electric vehicles can now recognize obstacles and moving objects using both images from on-board cameras and information from a set of ultrasonic sensors of various ranges and frontal radar. While the cameras are capable of detecting traffic conditions at 50–250 meters, the radar covers the space in front of the vehicle by 160 meters, working confidently even in difficult weather conditions. Ultrasonic sensors work at a distance of no more than 8 meters, they are needed to control maneuvering at low speeds.
According to Electrek, in a new statement on Twitter, Elon Musk explained that the next beta version of the FSD control program for Tesla electric vehicles will be released in April, it will automate many functions of electric vehicle control solely through the use of cameras and machine vision systems. Even the radar will not be involved in this, as the head of Tesla said. According to him, this step is an important step towards the introduction of an artificial intelligence system capable of working in the real world.
At the same time, Elon Musk recalled that at least two thousand car owners are now involved in the FSD beta testing program, but the most irresponsible ones who did not monitor the traffic situation properly while driving were excluded from their ranks. A video camera facing the passenger compartment allows you to monitor the behavior of the Tesla driver. Fortunately, as the head of Tesla added, such negligence of the testers did not lead to any traffic accidents.
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