The brand’s new driver assistance system is now available in the Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y. This is the Tesla Vision system, which replaces ultrasonic sensors and supports the driver in parking maneuvers.
A little over two decades ago, parking sensors began to be installed in cars, first in the most luxurious and later in all brands. The system has been refined over time, but now Tesla is taking it a step further with Tesla Vision.
Late last year, Tesla announced the retirement of the ultrasonic sensors from the Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y, to be replaced with a new system. It was the Tesla Vision system, a device that performs a similar function, albeit much more sophisticated.
While ultrasonic sensors detect objects when driving at very low speeds, such as during a parking manoeuvre, and warn that the vehicle is getting too close to this object, the Tesla vision system is significantly more effective Capture everything around the car in all directions and with greater precision.
According to some users who were able to test this system along with the one already in place, Vision Parking Assistant, it works very well and has a fluctuating error rate between three and five centimeters.
This is how the Tesla Vision system, which replaces parking sensors, works
The new Tesla vision system works thanks to a combination of a series of cameras and artificial intelligence, so that it identifies both people and objects and supports the driver while driving.
The cameras are mounted around the vehicle, and all the collected data is sent to a computer that processes it and creates a virtual vision. The system offers a 3D map with the obstacles around the vehicle and the distance at which they are located.
For example, the Tesla Vision System warns the driver of people or objects near the vehicle to avoid colliding with them. It also emits audible alerts to warn the user. As we can see, it is a much more sophisticated device than the parking sensors that we are familiar with.
Disadvantages of the Tesla Vision
However, this new system is not perfect and also has some disadvantages. For example, the level of accuracy decreases in adverse weather conditions, such as rain or snow, or if the cameras are dirty or the lighting is insufficient. For this reason, Tesla warns that the system only acts as an indication.
Another system problem is slowness. The Tesla Vision It takes a while to get up and running when the car is started. That’s about ten seconds, the time it takes for the device to load the environmental conditions stored in memory.
But as with almost everything Tesla, the controversy erupted when the Elon Musk brand withdrew parking sensors when the Tesla Vision system was not yet available.
This meant those who bought a Model 3 or a Model Y in the final months of 2022 didn’t have it Park Assist, Autopark, Summon and Smart Summon. Many customers, particularly in Europe, criticized that Tesla’s only intention was to cut costs.
However, the Software update 2022.45.11 this was sent to the testers of the beta versions of the System Autopilot FSD Beta V11.3.2 It already included the new Vision Park Assist, but its operation could not be verified as it was not activated.
Finally in the Software update 2023.6.9, The feature is intended for all users in the US, Europe and China and appears to be enabled and ready to use. This update also included an overheating notification in the climate system, optimized the browser and changed the image of the map showing tire pressure.