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Tesla continues roll out of Tesla Vision tech

Tesla has confirmed the roll-out of the next stage of its Tesla Vision shift, which sees the removal of ultrasonic sensors on all new Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles.

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:

Temporary Inactive / Limited Features

Park Assist

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

Smart Summon

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.

Tesla Vision FAQ

It's the name given to Tesla's camera based, Autopilot system which when combined with super-smart software can perform the same functionality you would usually find when using an alternative technology. In practice, this is allowing Tesla to remove technology, such as radar and ultrasonic sensors, and replace it with camera-based alternatives.

The American EV maker is keen to point out that under tests, Tesla Vision-powered safety features have either maintained or improved active safety ratings over rader/ultrasonic sensor technology.

Tesla Vision technology underpins Enhanced AutoPilot, Autopilot, Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta and other active safety systems.

Tesla has no plans to remove any functionality on existing Tesla vehicles.

All Tesla vehicles retain their existing safety ratings.

The small sensors, if installed, can be spotted on the front and rear bumpers - there are 12 in total and appear as small circles.