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Tesla ditches radar sensors Elon Musk upheld after a fatal crash

Musk referred to radar sensors as "crutches" Tesla wanted to eliminate during the company's latest earnings call.

Tesla China-made Model 3 vehicles are seen during a delivery event at its factory in Shanghai. Photo: Reuters
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Tesla’s new approach is likely to add to controversy that has surrounded Auto­pilot for years.

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Tesla is beginning to follow through with Elon Musk’s pivot away from using radar for its driver-assistance system Autopilot, five years after espousing greater use of such sensors following a fatal crash.
 
The electric-car maker announced on its website Tuesday that Model 3 sedans and Model Y SUVs built for North America will no longer be equipped with radar starting this month. Autopilot will now operate largely using camera vision, and some features will be temporarily disabled due to the transition.
 
Musk referred to radar sensors as “crutches” Tesla wanted to eliminate during the company’s latest earnings call.

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First Published: May 26 2021 | 11:50 PM IST

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