Late Friday night, Tesla released a second video demonstration of its new self-driving platform and this time, it included real-time feeds of what ‘Tesla Vision’, the automaker’s end-to-end image processing system, can see from the cameras.
After announcing that it was including self-driving capable hardware in all of its cars, Tesla released its first video demonstration of a Model X equipped with the hardware and the latest build of its self-driving software, which is not yet available to customers.
The first video was a good demo, but it’s nothing compared to this new video.
The feeds from the side and front-facing cameras with Tesla Vision detecting not only, cars, pedestrians, and lanes, but also free space and road flow are absolutely fascinating to watch.
I just watched it three times and only stopped to write this up and share it with you. Here it is:
When you consider that this is powered by hardware currently in all new Tesla cars, it quite astonishing.
Of course, the self-driving features are enabled through software that is not currently made available in the new cars being delivered today even though they are equipped with the hardware, but it is still a fascinating glimpse at what they will be capable to deliver through a simple over-the-air update once testing and regulatory approvals are completed.
Like the first video, the second video was filmed in Palo Alto around Tesla’s headquarters. It is also still filmed using a Model X. The director of Tesla’s Autopilot Programs, Sterling Anderson, used to be in charge of the Model X program, so maybe he prefers using the electric SUV over the Model S for his test fleet.
Tesla also released a longer version of the demo. It’s still sped up but not as fast:
It’s also important to note that Tesla is only showing the feeds from 3 of the 8 cameras. Just in the front, the new hardware suite also includes a long-range camera and a wide-angle camera. The feeds from those would also be interesting to watch.
We took a closer look at the new hardware suite here: First look at Tesla’s new self-driving Autopilot hardware in the wild and through the press content here: A look at Tesla’s new Autopilot hardware suite: 8 cameras, 1 radar, ultrasonics & new supercomputer.