More recent Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles will no longer be labeled as advanced safety features after the automaker said it was removing radar sensors to switch to a camera-based autopilot system, the National Road Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Wednesday.
The U.S. agency confirmed that it updated its website to show that Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles produced on or after April 27 “do not have the NHTSA brand. security technologies: forward collision warning, lane departure warning, imminent shock braking and dynamic brake support. “
The agency said it “only includes check marks for the range of vehicle models of the vehicles tested.”
The NHTSA’s five-star crash rating website includes verification marks for up to four recommended advanced safety technologies.
Automakers can use safety check marks to promote certain features to potential buyers and consumers can use them to evaluate vehicles.
Both Tesla models have received five stars for safety and locking, NHTSA’s highest rating, and this is not affected.
Tesla, which made no immediate comment, reported Tuesday in a blog post that it would drop a radar sensor in favor of a camera-focused autopilot system for its Model 3 and Model Y vehicles in North America. North.
The agency said Tesla informed NHTSA about the production change.
The move came amid growing regulatory and media coverage of Tesla’s “Autopilot” and “Full Self-Driving (FSD)” functions, following a series of accidents.
While most companies like Alphabet’s Waymo Inc. equip autonomous cars with cameras combined with sensors like lidars and radars, Tesla relied on cameras and radar to detect and analyze objects.
Tesla’s approach helped reduce costs and commercialize driver assistant functions, but experts and other companies have raised security issues.
Tesla said the transition to a camera-focused system may result in limitations on some features, such as the lane center and parking assistance, features it said will be restored through software updates. in the coming weeks “.
All new Model S and Model X cars, as well as all vehicles built for markets outside of North America, will still be equipped with radar, Tesla said.
The NHTSA has opened 28 special investigations into Tesla accidents, with 24 pending, including a fatal crash on May 5 in California.