[Update: Released] Tesla Model Y (no radar) to get maximum speed of 80 mph (from 75 mph) via an update later this week
New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…
Original story (published on June 29, 2021) follows:
Almost every Tesla owner must be acquainted with the fact that Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles built on or after April 27 this year no longer come with radar.
The trusty radar system has instead been replaced with Tesla Vision – a driver-assist system that relies almost completely on the vehicle’s cameras.
Tesla had justified this move by saying that it is a major step towards level 5 autonomy. However, the newly introduced tech does come with plenty of setbacks.
Firstly, Smart Summon and Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance have been disabled completely.
This is coupled with quite a noticeable reduction in the maximum speed of Autosteer (which helps the Tesla Model Y stay centered in its lane) from 90 mph to 75 mph.
And then there are other issues. We previously highlighted how the no radar model of the Tesla Model Y suffers from issues with vision-only autopilot at night and flashing hi-beam in the rain.
Fortunately, Tesla had planned to restore the missing features as well as iron out the kinks through wireless software updates soon.
While a specific timeline wasn’t provided, it is pretty clear now from the most recent development that the restoration process has already been started.
Elon Musk today responded to a tweet from a user dreaming about that sweet 80 mph spot. The Tesla CEO said that the maximum speed is set to be raised by 5 mph to a modest 80 mph via a production release update coming this week.
Turns out that the previous 75 mph maximum speed limit on the Tesla Model Y was done as a precautionary measure which has now been deemed unnecessary.
So yeah, it is great to see that the new camera-only tech is slowly but surely catching up. Who knows, its capabilities might even exceed the old radar tech with time.
Update 1 (June 30)
05:17 pm (IST): Update 2021.4.18.10 just went live, removing the 75 mph speed limit and restoring smart summon and lane departure assistance.
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