The Californian company claims the system is safer than a human driver.
Last night Tesla announced all its new vehicles will be getting more advanced hardware that will allow for fully autonomous driving at some point in the future. Now, the Californian company has demonstrated the improved technology’s capabilities in a new video.
It features a Model X driving with “no human input at all,” or in other words, completely autonomous. The ride starts with the car going out of a garage, then taking to the suburban side streets, and then merging onto a freeway. The trip ends up at a Tesla factory, where the car finds itself a parking spot.
In a Tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk explains “the person in the driver's seat is only there for legal reasons,” “he is not doing anything” and “the car is driving itself.” He also says that “when searching for parking, the car reads the signs to see if it is allowed to park there, which is why it skipped the disabled spot.”
While the journey is truly impressive, what’s really incredible is the fact that “when you want your car to return, tap Summon on the phone” and “it will eventually find you even if you are on the other side of the country.”
The upgraded system uses eight surround cameras, providing 360-degree visibility around the car at up to 250 metres 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 that is able to see through heavy rain, fog, dust, and even the car ahead.
“This system provides a view of the world that a driver alone cannot access, seeing in every direction simultaneously and on wavelengths that go far beyond the human senses,” Tesla said. These new advanced radars and sensors will give the Model X, Model S, and Model 3 the ability to drive themselves “at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver,” the automaker promises.