Tesla Model Y in China Gets Pure Vision Autopilot, Ultrasonic Sensors Removed

Photo: Ministry of Industry and Information Technology

Tesla has introduced its Pure Vision camera-based Autopilot in China, as spotted by @Tslachan on Wednesday in an announcement from the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Four configurations of the Model Y have been filed for an information change, shifting away from Tesla’s builds with Ultrasonic Sensors (USS) to the camera-based system with Tesla Vision, as the automaker has done in the U.S. and other markets.

“Starting in early October 2022, all Model 3 and Model Y built for certain regions are no longer built with ultrasonic sensors and instead rely solely on Tesla Vision to provide Autopilot, Enhanced Autopilot, FSD capability and active safety features,” said Tesla last fall.

“As of early January 2023, those regions include North America, Europe, Middle East, Taiwan and Korea,” states Tesla’s website. The website will likely update to mention China soon.

“We will continue this rollout with Model 3 and Model Y, globally, over the coming months, followed by Model S and Model X in 2023,” said Tesla at the time.

Without USS, features such as Park Assist, Autopark, Summon and Smart Summon are not available but will be “coming soon”.


More recently, some of Tesla’s plans to expand Gigafactory Shanghai have been delayed due to concerns with fellow Elon Musk company SpaceX and its Starlink satellite internet. Just weeks ago, China announced its own plans to launch 13,000 satellites in attempts to suppress Starlink.