Get ready for some juicy insider information, Tesla fans! According to recent reports, there was a heated debate among the company’s engineers about the decision to remove radar from their vehicles. Apparently, some of them were concerned that this move would lead to safety issues on the road. However, it seems that Elon Musk himself had other ideas and overruled these concerns. So what happened next? Keep reading to find out all the details!
Tesla’s decision to remove radar from its vehicles
The Tesla engineers who claimed that removing radar from its vehicles would be problematic were overruled by CEO Elon Musk, according to a new report.
The report, from The Wall Street Journal, cites current and former Tesla employees who say that the company’s decision to remove radar from its vehicles was driven by cost-cutting measures and an aggressive production schedule set by Musk.
Removing radar from Tesla’s vehicles has been a controversial decision, as it has been linked to several high-profile accidents involving the company’s cars.
Critics have argued that Tesla is putting profits ahead of safety by removing radar from its cars. However, Tesla has defended the decision, saying that its cars are still safe without radar.
Tesla engineers who warned against removing radar
According to a new report from The Information, Tesla engineers who warned that removing radar from the company’s cars would be problematic were overruled by CEO Elon Musk.
The report claims that, in late 2016, Tesla was working on an update to its Autopilot driver-assistance system that would rely solely on cameras and sensors, rather than the radar units that were also being used at the time. However, some engineers reportedly raised concerns that this could make the system less effective, particularly in bad weather conditions.
Despite these warnings, Musk reportedly decided to go ahead with the change, which was implemented in early 2017. The report claims that this decision was made “largely to save cost”.
Since then, there have been a number of high-profile accidents involving Tesla cars equipped with Autopilot, several of which have been blamed on the system’s reliance on cameras and sensors rather than radar.
The latest accident happened just last week, when a Tesla Model S crashed into a parked fire truck in Los Angeles. The driver claimed that she had been using Autopilot at the time of the crash.
Overruling of Tesla engineers by Elon Musk
In recent years, Tesla has been in the news for a variety of reasons, including its innovative electric cars and its Autopilot driver-assistance system. Now, it seems that Tesla is making headlines for another reason: its CEO’s apparent disregard for engineering advice.
According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Tesla engineers warned CEO Elon Musk that removing radar from the company’s Autopilot system would be problematic. However, Musk reportedly overruled them and decided to go ahead with the change anyway.
The removal of radar from Autopilot has already caused some issues. In May, a Tesla Model S collided with a parked fire truck in Utah while using the system; fortunately, no one was injured in the incident. The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the accident.
It’s unclear why Musk decided to remove radar from Autopilot, but it’s possible that he wanted to simplify the system and make it cheaper to produce. However, doing so may have compromised safety and put drivers at risk. Only time will tell if this decision ends up being a costly mistake for Tesla.