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Tesla Switch To Cameras Comes at a Cost

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The interior of a Tesla vehicle with a driver using its screen.

May 28, 2021—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday that Tesla would no longer be able to tout certain safety features on models after switching from radar to camera systems as the basis for its Autopilot system.

NHTSA made changes to its website, as reported by Reuters, that indicate Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles produced after April 27, 2021, no longer have the administration's checkmark for advanced driver-assistance systems including forward collision warning, lane departure warning, crash imminent braking, and dynamic brake support.

The automaker had said previously it saw cameras as "ultimately all that is needed for full autonomy."

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