Tesla changes leave models with only the Tesla Vision driving assistance system
At the end of May Tesla announced that it will remove radar functionality from its Model 3 models and Model Y, in the United States of America.
According to CNBC news, citing Tesla sources, these changes will come into effect soon, and for now only we are not sure if they will apply in all countries or just in the North American market.
This real “downgrade ” of equipment has as an immediate consequence, a new safety classification in the American market, still according to the cited sources. The NHTSA, which certifies vehicles with regard to safety elements, should now penalize Tesla, who was at the top of that ranking.
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Still, for consumers, Tesla indicated that the Model S and Model X will keep the radar as standard equipment.
The California manufacturer will thus only offer the system called Tesla Vision, which, via optical camera and digital systems, allows access to various functionalities of driving assistance. Tesla will also maintain Autopilot and Full Self-Driving, in premium packages, but both options do not allow the vehicle to be driven fully autonomously.
In the same brand statement, cited by the American press, Tesla adds although some features present in models 3 and Y will be disabled in the near future, not indicating how long they will be unavailable.
Tesla recently denied to NBC that these changes were motivated by the recent controversy involving an accident with a Tesla, allegedly in autonomous driving mode and with authorities indicating the possibility that the driver may actually be in the back seat, not even behind the wheel (which is still illegal in the US).
Watch the video with the story of NBC on the american media youtube channel cane.