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Every Tesla Vehicle Will Now Have Full Self-Driving Capability

Every Tesla Vehicle Will Now Have Full Self-Driving Capability

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) vehicles will now be fully autonomous.

In an announcement Wednesday evening, the company said, "[a]s of today, all Tesla vehicles produced in our factory – including Model 3 – will have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver."

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Here are some of the details:

  • 8 surround cameras provide 360 degree visibility around the car at up to 250 meters of range.
  • 12 updated ultrasonic sensors complement this vision, allowing for detection of both hard and soft objects at nearly twice the distance of the prior system.
  • A forward-facing radar with enhanced processing provides additional data about the world on a redundant wavelength, capable of seeing through heavy rain, fog, dust and even the car ahead.

"Self-driving vehicles will play a crucial role in improving transportation safety and accelerating the world’s transition to a sustainable future," the company 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."

Model S and Model X vehicles with this new hardware are already in production, Tesla's statement read, and customers can purchase one today.

After rising more than 2.2 percent during the day, Tesla shares were indicated up about 0.5 percent in the after-hours session at $204.50.


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