Tesla preparing significant Autopilot upgrade, will use radar as ‘primary sensor’

Tesla is preparing a significant upgrade to its autopilot technology for a future software update, the company announced today. The biggest change is in how the company uses its radar sensors. Previously, a camera and image processing system were the the primary sensors, backed up by data from the radar system to verify its findings — but going forward, the camera and radar will work side-by-side to detect obstacles. The improvements are expected in Tesla Software Update 8.0, planned for release in the next few weeks.

A “geocoded whitelist” of objects like road signs and bridges will help prevent false positives (and thus automatic braking for no reason, which can be alarming and dangerous), and allow the system to notice the potential…

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