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Radar Removal: Tesla axes radar sensors and will now rely on cameras for Autopilot in select cars

Toronto, Ontario — Tesla is ditching front-facing radar sensors in Model 3 and Model Y vehicles, which will make the vehicle’s driver-assist systems, such as Autopilot almost fully reliant on cameras. 

Starting this month, Model 3 and Model Y vehicles in North America will no longer be equipped with radar sensors. Instead, these vehicles will rely on camera vision and neural net processing to deliver Autopilot. 

The automaker noted the cars may be delivered with some features temporarily limited or inactive due to the transition. 

However, in the weeks ahead Tesla will start restoring these features via a series of over-the-air software updates. All other available Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features will be active at delivery, depending on the order configuration, says the automaker. 

All-new Model S and Model X, as well as all vehicles built for markets outside of North America, will continue to be equipped with radar and will have radar-supported Autopilot functionality until the automaker determines the appropriate time to transition those vehicles to Tesla Vision.

Additionally, those who ordered cars before this month will be notified if their car is part of this transition.

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