While most car manufacturers are increasingly equipping their cars with a wide variety of sensors, Tesla is taking a different approach. After the US company stopped using radar sensors in some cases last year, the ultrasonic sensors are now also going away. And with that – at least for the time being – some functions.
All Tesla Model 3 and Y models destined for Europe, the United States, the Middle East and Taiwan are scheduled to begin transitioning these days. In the coming months, these models should also be able to do without these components in the rest of the world. The Model S and X will follow next year. The function of the ultrasonic sensors is to be taken over by “Tesla Vision”, i.e. the camera system that has already (successfully, says Tesla) compensated for the omission of the radar sensors. Elon Musk refers to security rankings that have had better values since the changeover. Functions remain switched off At that time, various functions such as the autopilot were restricted for a while, but everything is now working again. And that is exactly what is planned now. For now, anything related to parking won’t work on newly produced Teslas. Starting with basics like the parking beeper. Automated parking will certainly not be possible. And it is definitely not possible to move your Tesla from outside the vehicle using an app. It is planned to activate these functions at a later date via an over-the-air software update. However, the manufacturer does not reveal when that will be. However, “Autopilot”, “Enhanced Autopilot” and “Full Self-Driving Capability” are retained throughout. Anyone who already has a Tesla WITH ultrasonic sensors need not worry: According to Tesla, there are no plans to switch off the functions.