Last night Tesla said that all of its vehicles produced moving forward will include the hardware necessary for fully autonomous driving with safety levels greater than human drivers.
“Self-driving vehicles will play a crucial role in improving transportation safety and accelerating the world’s transition to a sustainable future,” Tesla said. “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.”
The company has released a video demonstrating a fully autonomous Tesla in action.
Eight surround cameras provide 360 degree visibility around the car. Twelve updated ultrasonic sensors complement this vision. A forward-facing radar provides additional data about the world on a redundant wavelength, capable of seeing through heavy rain, fog, and dust.
“As always, our over-the-air software updates will keep customers at the forefront of technology and continue to make every Tesla, including those equipped with first-generation Autopilot and earlier cars, more capable over time,” Tesla noted.