Australia, New Zealand, and Japan are now able to use Tesla Vision, a camera-based and neural network Autopilot feature that helps drivers to drive safely when the feature is on.
Tesla recently expanded Tesla Vision, its camera-based Autopilot, to Australia and New Zealand, Teslarati reported. In May 2021, Tesla started shipping its Models 3 and Y vehicles equipped with Tesla Vision, and now Tesla owners in both countries will be able to utilize Tesla Vision and its active safety measures in place of the previous system using radar.
Tesmanian reported that Tesla also expanded its Tesla Vision safety feature to Japan. Tesla Vision relies only on cameras and neural network processing. According to Tesmanian, Autosteer will be limited to a maximum speed of 140 km/h, which is 87 mph.
Although some of the features will be temporarily limited or inactive for Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, they will be fully restored over time through several over-the-air updates. During Tesla’s Q1 2021 earnings call, CEO Elon Musk noted that Tesla Vision would work better than human vision since it has eight cameras — almost like having eyes in the back and on the sides of your head.
This would make vehicles with Tesla’s pure vision solution dramatically safer than the average person. Unlike people, Tesla Vision isn’t texting and driving, getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, or doing other things such as falling asleep.
Tesla initially announced this in a post that was shared on the r/TeslaMotors subreddit.
“We are continuing the transition to Tesla Vision, our camera-based Autopilot system. Model 3 and Model Y vehicles built from June 2022 for the Australian market now utilize our camera-based Tesla vision, which relies on Tesla’s advanced suite of cameras and neural net processing to deliver Autopilot and related features.”
It’s good to see Tesla expanding its Vision suite to new markets. Not only will Tesla gain much needed feedback, but it will help improve safety on the roads in these markets.
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