Tesla says that all of its cars will now be equipped with the necessary hardware to drive themselves autonomously.
(CCM) — All new Tesla electric cars will be equipped with the hardware needed to provide the capability to self-drive, the BBC is reporting. The hardware includes cameras, radar systems, and other sensors that enable the cars to be aware of their surroundings and to avoid collisions with other vehicles. But the vehicles will not be allowed to drive themselves until changes to the law are made. Until then, the hardware will run in "shadow mode," gathering information about when the technology may have caused or avoided accidents if it had been driving the vehicle. This data may be used in the future to demonstrate that self-driving cars are safer than cars driven by humans.
Last year, Tesla introduced its Autopilot system in its Model X and Model S cars, which allowed the vehicles to change lanes and keep up with traffic automatically while under a human's supervision, but this has now been disabled by the company following a fatal accident in May. Tesla's founder Elon Musk said that it still makes sense to fit the self-driving hardware to new cars even if it cannot be used immediately for that purpose because retrofitting it in the future would be prohibitively expensive, according to the report.
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