Musk wants to only use cameras and software to support its advanced driver assistance system and other active safety features.
Beginning this month, all Model 3 and Model Y vehicles built for North America, Europe, the Middle East and Taiwan will no longer have the 12 Ultrasonic sensors found on the front and rear bumpers. Ultrasonic sensors are often used as proximity sensors to support anti-collision safety systems in low-speed applications.
About 17 months ago, the company said it would remove radar from its cars.
A contrarian approach to the rest of the industry is the decision to not use radar or Ultrasonics.
ADAS features such as adaptive cruise control, which matches the speed of a car to surrounding traffic, as well as lane keeping and automatic lane changes, are provided by a combination of radar and cameras.
Model 3 and Model Y vehicles made in North America were removed from the radar in 2021. The Model Y and Model 3 were sent to customers in Europe and the Middle East.
Model 3 and Model Y will be the first vehicles to be removed from the sea. Model S and Model X will be included in the year 2023.
The $15,000 package that enhances autopilot and is not self-driving will be replaced by a vision-based Occupancy network. This approach improves autopilot by giving it longer-range visibility and the ability to identify and discern different objects, according to the company.
When a vehicle is delivered to a customer, it will have limited or inactive features such as park assist and summon, which allow a person to move their vehicle forward or back via theTesla app. Over-the-air software updates will eventually restore those features.