In a new video uploaded on Monday, Kevin Smith test drove his camera-sensing, radar-less Model Y in the rain to see how Autopilot holds up.
Using a Model Y produced in May 2021 running software version 2021.4.18.1, Smith drives around highway 65 in relatively light rain, while the Autopilot functionality seems fine until it starts heavily raining.
Tesla began producing models without radar last month, and has instead elected to use camera-based sensors sporting Pure Vision, often referred to as Tesla Vision.
Tesla Vision AutoPilot Safety Features Put to the Test [VIDEO] https://t.co/QdVUdlqNsd
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In the video, we can see the Autopilot occasionally limiting speed as a result of low visibility, as no radar is available to further assist. We can also see a number of times in which the navigation system automatically disables itself because of the weather
One commenter said, “Took my radarless Y on a ride in the rain a bit ago, I wanted to test the autopilot (non-FSD) and automatic rain wipers while dark & raining. To my surprise, it did well at seeing the lines with completely wet and dark roads.
It slowed down from 35mph to 30 at a couple spots, both were small hills where other side could not be seen until right at top of hill. Let’s hope it keeps improving.”
You can watch Smith’s full radar-less Model Y rainy day Autopilot test below, with things ‘turning real south’ as he puts it at the 14-minute mark:
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