Most people agree that Tesla currently has the most advanced self-driving technology available in cars today. The limited release FSD package is capable of performing tasks that no other system – which is currently in the hands of non-employed consumers, can.
However, just as many recognize that Tesla’s autonomous driving systems may be leading today, there are also many industry experts who say that Tesla will be overtaken by competitors if they do not add LiDAR technology to complement the existing system used.
The YouTube channel E For Electric addressed this topic in its latest video and discusses the benefits as well as Tesla’s (well actually Elons) reasons why they have decided that they do not need a LiDAR system to achieve full level 5 autonomy driving ability.
And in cars it is (LiDAR) friggin stupid – Elon Musk
The host of E For Electric, Alex Guberman, points out that one of Elon’s other companies, Space-X, developed its own LiDAR system internally, and Elon actually led the project. So obviously Musk knows a lot about LiDAR and how it can be useful under the right circumstances.
Connecting a spacecraft is clearly one of the right applications for LiDAR, but Musk believes it is too expensive and too expensive for terrestrial transport.
Guberman also points out that the cost of LiDAR car systems has come a long way in recent years, and now costs only around $ 500.00 per vehicle. It is true that vehicles would probably need extra computing power on board if LiDAR was added.
Still, the cost-biased arguments against LiDAR seem to be evaporating, and most other companies developing autonomous driving technology include LIDAR, not as a replacement, but to complement the camera and radar systems for extra redundancy.
Having consumer confidence in these systems is crucial, and I think many people are still not convinced that fully autonomous cars will ever be safe enough to trust completely. Perhaps a good way for Tesla to prove that LiDAR is not necessary would be to have a side-by-side test of two Tesla vehicles, with one adding LiDAR and having them undergo a series of tests.
Of course, the LiDAR system will have to be added by a third party to ensure that Tesla does not sandbag it, and it can be difficult to integrate into the vehicle without exposing Tesla’s proprietary technology.
So check out the video and let us know what you think. We know there are probably a lot of hardcore Tesla fans who will more than likely agree with the path the company has chosen, but think about that before you answer. If you do not add LIDAR to an already very good system, it does not provide large costs and it can potentially make it better, should not it be considered? Especially when almost everyone else in the industry thinks it’s worth adding. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.