Tesla announces all new cars will have “full self-driving hardware”

Tesla officially announced on Wednesday that all future Tesla models built, will feature full self-driving hardware as standard. The California-based company announced new features during an event held Wednesday afternoon.

The new hardware includes eight cameras with a 360-degree viewing of up to 250 meters, twelve updated ultrasonic sensors, and a forward facing radar that allows the vehicle to use wavelengths to see through rain, fog, and dust.

“Self-driving vehicles will play a crucial role in improving transportation safety and accelerating the world’s transition to a sustainable future. Full 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,” says Tesla.

While the hardware is in place, the feature won’t be able to enable full autonomy until a later date. According to Tesla, “we will further calibrate the system using millions of miles of real-world driving to ensure significant improvements to safety and convenience.” Which means that further testing is needed, and when testing is at a safe level, will be activated OTA via an in-car update.


Tesla Autonomous Driving Press Photo


Tesla also advised the public that while full autonomous isn’t available quite yet, and while testing is being done, Tesla cars will not be able to use features such as emergency braking, collision warning, lane keeping assist, or even adaptive cruise control.

At the event, Musk also boasted that the new hardware features a new computer that is “40 times” more computing power than before, and can utilize Level 5 Autonomy.

The new features will be available on Model S, X, and eventually on Model 3 and beyond. But, you’ll still have to pay for the package to enable these features.