What this means in practice is that new Tesla vehicles delivered from early December 2022 onwards are highly unlikely to be delivered with ultrasonic sensors - regardless of vehicle specification when ordered.
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Tesla has also confirmed that for a limited time period, some features on newly delivered Model Y and Model 3 vehicles will be inactive or have limited functionality, let's take a look at these features:
Auto alerts the driver of surrounding objects at super-low speeds
Allows the driver to move the Tesla just using the Tesla app
Allows the Tesla to park itself either perpendicular or parallel
Allows the driver to summon the Tesla to a location via the Tesla app
Tesla stress that the removal / downgrade of the above functions is only for a limited period of time and will be brought back into service via an over-the-air software update, just as soon as the engineers at Tesla confirm that the Tesla Vision camera system and associated software reaches the same performance as the system it replaced.
All other safety features, such as Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning and Auto High Beam are unaffected by the change.
With the removal of the ultrasonic sensors, Tesla has also launched its vision-based occupancy network, which will rapidly replace the data inputs previously supplied by the now removed sensors.