Tesla's new radar Autopilot allegedly improves safety

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American electric car maker Tesla Motors is rolling out a new version of its controversial Autopilot functionality that aims to increase safety by relying more on radar than optical camera.

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk introduced Autopilot Version 8 on Sunday, claiming that the modifications involved would have prevented a tragic crash in May this year that killed a Tesla car driver and superfan on a highway in Florida. While radar has been part of the sensor package for Tesla Model S since October 2014, in the original Autopilot it has been used only as a complementary source of information with a camera and an elaborate image processing system being the main driver.

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Tesla's new radar Autopilot allegedly improves safety