Tesla has announced on Wednesday that it plans to start shipping cars that are fully capable of self-driving over the coming weeks. All electric cars that will be rolling out of the Tesla factory (including the Model 3) will be fitted with the hardware needed for complete self-driving in the future.
“Fully autonomy will enable a Tesla to be substantially safer than a human driver, lower the financial cost of transportation for those who own a car and provide low-cost on-demand mobility for those who do not,” said the company in a blog on Wednesday.
The hardware will include ‘eight surround cameras providing 360 degree visibility (up to 250 meters). There will also be 12 upgraded ultrasonic sensors that will compliment the cameras – allowing for the detection of both soft and hard objects (at twice the distance from before). There will also be an addition of a foward facing radar that will be capable of seeing through fog, dust, rain and also the car in front.
New cars that will be rolling out will also feature a new onboard computer that will have 40 times the computing power of computers on previous generation Tesla cars, and will run the company’s neural net for radar, sonar and vision processing software. Tesla claims that this system will provide a view of the world that a driver does not have.
Tesla has added that Model X and Model S vehicles fitted with the new hardware are already in production, and are available for customers to purchase today. These features will however be not activated at the moment, as Tesla will be running millions of miles of driving data (real-world data) to ensure the safety of the system.
Customers will keep on getting OTA (over the air) updates in their cars to stay recent on all safety features available