Musk Says Cars Will Detect Hand Gestures, Listen for Sirens

New details on Tesla Vision emerged over the weekend.

The camera-based vision system to power Tesla’s Full Self Driving feature is able to deliver interesting information to the driver. In a post to Twitter on Tuesday, Musk said Tesla Vision will have the ability to detect turn signals, hazards, police and ambulance lights, and hand gestures.

Musk was replying to a video from an FSD beta tester Eli Burton that showed the system detecting brake lights. Musk also said the cars will eventually listen for sirens and alarms to react to emergency vehicles.

Tesla’s camera-based system is an approach that differs from others developing self-driving systems using radar. Earlier this year the company announced the transition to Tesla Vision. Starting last May, Model 3 and Model Y vehicles built for the North American market stopped being produced with radar, instead relying on camera vision and neural net processing for the Autopilot and FSD.

Consumer Reports has reinstated the 2021 Tesla Model 3 with pure vision Autopilot as a “Top Pick” after a top safety designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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