With safety being at the forefront of Tesla’s engineering, the Model 3 will now come fully equipped with their proprietary self-driving hardware. According to an October 19th blog article published by the Tesla Team, the full autonomy-driving feature will be safer than a human driver. “The person in the driver’s seat is only there for legal reasons. He is not doing anything. The car is driving itself.”
Similar to its high-performance electric car predecessors, Tesla’s new Model 3 is the perfect combination of performance, technology, and safety. To name just a few of its countless features: the Model 3 goes from 0 to 60 mph in under six seconds, travels 215 miles on one single charge, and was designed to achieve the highest safety rating in every category imaginable. Now Tesla will be adding its autonomous driving technology to the already-impressive Model 3 performance package.
The self-driving technology can only be described as impressive. Tesla made sure its innovation was far more superior than human capabilities, especially with regard to sight. First and foremost, the hardware includes eight strategically positioned surround sound cameras providing what Tesla calls, “360-degree visibility around the car at up to 250 meters of range.” The 12 updated ultrasonic sensors can detect both hand and soft objects at nearly two times the distance of the prior system.
After a recent autobahn accident caused by its self-driving hardware, Tesla’s autopilot feature was declared a “considerable traffic hazard” by Germany’s transport ministry. The upgrades to the Tesla’s self-driving hardware will certainly challenge that claim. Showcasing the upgrade from the previous hardware, the Tesla Team said the new autopilot has forward-facing radar with enhanced processing. “It provides data about the world on redundant wavelength, capable of seeing through heavy rain, fog, dust and even the car ahead.”
Like most of Tesla’s technological advances, whether it’s in their design features or engineering improvements, they usually come action packed. With millions of miles tested on prototypes, the new self-driving hardware is no exception. The new onboard computer, running the new Tesla-developed neural net for vision, sonar and radar processing software, has more than 40x’s the computing power of its predecessor.
The new generation of Tesla technology has taken a massive leap forward. The company consistently uses cutting-edge technology as a vessel for improving transportation safety. That is to be commended. With locations projected to spike from 215 to 441 at the end of 2017, it’s safe to say that Tesla is beyond ready to equip their 500,000 in-production models with their newly upgraded self-driving hardware. As Musk so eloquently put it at the March 31st Model 3 unveiling, “even if you buy this car without any of the available options, it’ll still be one of the best cars out there.” I say if you got the dough, the self-driving hardware is the way to go.