Tesla’s been talking up their latest self-driving computer, HW4 (Hardware 4), as another step towards pure vision-based autonomous driving, with more camera interfaces. However, a Tesla Model X, disassembled by well-known Twitter user green @greentheonly, displayed that there is still a radar in the new car. According to what Tesla’s been saying the last couple years, HW4 and their long-term plan don’t need radar, so what gives with this thing?
In his tweet, green pointed out that HW4 is still lagging behind for now, but it won’t continue like that forever. Tesla and CEO Elon Musk have always believed that radar is a “crutch”. During the Q1 2021 earnings call, Musk stated that he believed that using a purely visual solution could create a car that is much safer than an average person driving.
Tesla introduced the Tesla Vision system in 2021, which was initially used in Model 3 and Model Y, and later implemented in Model S and Model X. green discovered Phoenix radar in the pictures he obtained of HW4. This new 4D radar will help double the current detection range. Additionally, radar and radar heaters were found in the HW4 vehicle’s coding.
While Tesla has started delivering some of its Model Y vehicles with the latest HW4 installed, GearMusk’s has post about Tesla has taken another step towards its goal of fully autonomous vehicles with its latest self-driving hardware, HW4 (Tesla’s Latest Model Y Vehicles Come Equipped with HW4 Self-Driving Hardware). The American electric vehicle manufacturer has started delivering some of its Model Y vehicles from its Fremont factory in California with the latest HW4 installed. The new HW4 hardware is designed to move Tesla towards a vision-based autonomy system and away from its current reliance on radar sensors.