On the heels of Tesla in the US completing the “vision only” switch announced shortly before by CEO Elon Musk, i.e. the Radar dropout on your sensors for the autopilot systemEuropean customers wanted to know when their time would come. But like the new FSD autopilot software, which has been trialed in the US since the fall of 2020, the radar exemption in Europe was also a long time coming. However, the first electric cars from Tesla, whose autopilot is only based on data from cameras (and ultrasonic sensors, see graph above), should soon arrive in Europe.
“Radar removal” in the new Tesla record
In the US, Tesla has been providing information about the change on a page titled “Transition to Tesla Vision” since May 2021, for Germany it posted an error message this Friday. The list of functions that, according to the US version, were temporarily restricted by the radar waiver has now fallen short: Tesla only mentions limiting the automatic steering to 80 miles per hour (almost 130 km/h) and a minimum a little larger. distance for your vision system.
In Germany, according to manuals on the web, Tesla’s assistant called an assistant director works up to 150 kilometers per hour in Model 3 and Model Y, and they are equipped with a radar from Continental. However, both are likely to change soon in Europe. Because in the Tesla Drivers and Friends (TFF) forum new information was published this week on the type approval of the two electric cars in the EU published. And among other small new features, the English update includes the “radar removal” item.
Starting in the second quarter, Europe will receive the first Model 3/Y without radar.
A new homologation (V22) was granted indicating the change.
Also, new chip suppliers and a headlight control module upgrade.
— Tesla_Adri (@tesla_adri) March 15, 2022
According to German observer @tesla_adri, this means that the first non-radar Model 3s and Model Ys will arrive in Europe from China starting in the second quarter. He also assumes that. with the Model Y of the German Gigafactory without this sensor. This seems less certain, however, because recently in the new factory near Berlin, which will start with the performance version, some Model Y Long Ranges were produced, and the instruction for this explicitly said “no radar and no spoiler”.
Vision autopilot below German speed limit
Either way, the radar-free times at Tesla seem to be dawning in Germany and the rest of Europe. On the one hand, this raised concerns among customers that the steering assist on the new Model 3 and Model Y could soon only be used up to nearly 80 miles per hour. That should be a more serious restriction in this country than in most other places in the world, where speed limits are already lower. On the other hand, it could mean that Europe soon also a major revision of the Autopilot software gets. And according to Tesla, the restrictions should only be temporary.
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