Transitioning to Tesla Vision
We are continuing the transition to Tesla Vision, our camera-based Autopilot system. Beginning with deliveries in May 2021, Model 3 and Model Y vehicles built for the North American market will no longer be equipped with radar. Instead, these will be the first Tesla vehicles to rely on camera vision and neural net processing to deliver Autopilot, Full-Self Driving and certain active safety features. Customers who ordered before May 2021 and will receive a car with Tesla Vision will be notified of the change in their Tesla Account prior to delivery.
For a short period during this transition, cars with Tesla Vision may be delivered with some features temporarily limited or inactive, including:
- Autosteer will be limited to a maximum speed of 80 mph and a longer minimum following distance.
In the weeks ahead, we’ll start restoring these features via a series of over-the-air software updates. All other available Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features will be active at delivery, depending on order configuration.
All new Model S and Model X, as well as all vehicles built for markets outside of North America, will continue to be equipped with radar and will have radar-supported Autopilot functionality until we determine the appropriate time to transition those vehicles to Tesla Vision.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my car is equipped with radar?
Starting with deliveries in May 2021, Model 3 and Model Y vehicles built for the North American market will be optimized for Tesla Vision and will not be equipped with radar. If you ordered a car before May and will receive a car that is not equipped with radar, you will be notified of the change in your Tesla Account prior to delivery.
Does the transition to Tesla Vision affect Model 3 and Model Y safety ratings for vehicles delivered on or after May 2021?
No. The transition does not affect Model 3 and Model Y crash safety ratings. Vehicles equipped with Tesla Vision retain the same crash safety ratings as vehicles equipped with radar.
Does the transition to Tesla Vision affect the availability of active safety features on vehicles delivered on or after May 2021?
The following standard features are available upon delivery on vehicles equipped with radar or Tesla Vision. Asterisked features only mean that NHTSA has not yet rated them for vehicles equipped with Tesla Vision. We expect those ratings will be restored through confirmatory testing in the coming weeks.
|Features||Radar Included||Tesla Vision|
|Forward Collision Warning||✓||✓*|
|Automatic Emergency Braking||✓||✓*|
|Lane Departure Warning / Avoidance||✓||✓|
|Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance||✓||✓|
|Pedal Misapplication Mitigation||✓||✓|
|Auto High Beam||✓||✓|
|Blind Spot Collision Warning Chime||✓||✓|
|Side Collision Warning||✓||✓|
*Features not yet rated by NHTSA for vehicles equipped with Tesla Vision
Why aren’t Model S and Model X transitioning now?
Model 3 and Model Y are our higher volume vehicles. Transitioning them to Tesla Vision first allows us to analyze a large volume of real-world data in a short amount of time, which ultimately speeds up the roll-out of features based on Tesla Vision.