The CEO of Tesla has issued a series of tweets promising changes to his company’s autopilot technology after the crash in which one of his car’s drivers was killed.
Elon Musk tweeted that engineers are “working on using existing Tesla radar by itself (decoupled from camera) with temporal smoothing to create a coarse point cloud, like lidar. Good thing about radar is that, unlike lidar (which is visible wavelength), it can see through rain, snow, fog and dust.”
Autopilot offers safety features such as automatic braking, lane switching, and blind spot warnings.
In the crash in May, a Tesla Model S car was unable to recognise “the white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky” that had driven across the car’s path. The company said the crash this year was a “tragic loss”.