How Many Cameras Does Tesla Autopilot 2.0 Currently Use?

MAR 25 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 13

Hopefully, this iteration of the Tesla Autopilot taping trend seals the deal.

We recently shared a video in which a Tesla owner systematically covered up Autopilot cameras with tape. His goal was to find out if the car would still allow the system to control the vehicle, but also to figure out which cameras are currently active.

Not long after the first video, we updated the post. One of our readers tracked down a similar video that attempted to debunk the original claims. You can check out that post and decide for yourself which test is better and what the overall results confirm:

WATCH TESLA AUTOPILOT TESTED WITH TAPE COVERING CAMERAS

Tesla Autopilot camera tapingNow, we have the icing on the cake. It turns out, our own good friend and supporter Kman Auto – who likes to make such videos and does a stellar job – previously took to the task of figuring this situation out. He used duct tape to cover cameras and learn exactly what was going on with the Tesla Autopilot system.

So, it appears that these other recent videos were just an attempt to recreate what Kman had already done in the past, although it was an older version of Autopilot, the concept and results are still interesting and valid.

He also took the time to get a necessary detail from a Tesla service tech (the side and rear cameras were, in fact, activated and “seeing,” but for now, they’re only for data collection, rather than assisting with Autopilot). It is our understanding that this is still currently the case, despite the recent updates.

The comical part, at least from our perspective, is we can imagine that with all of these people taping the cameras, Tesla’s data collection is likely going haywire. Ok … probably not completely true, but still pretty funny.

Video Description via Kman Auto on YouTube:

Tesla Autopilot 2, How many cameras does it use?
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With a 100D Autopilot AP2 car in hand, Let’s find out how many cameras are actually needed to allow AP2 to function. Results are surprising! The car only needs a single Forward Camera, but what about redundancy?

Side Note, found out after the filming of this video from a service tech, that Tesla is passively using the side and rear cameras for data gathering, but not in use for Autopilot yet.

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13 Comments on "How Many Cameras Does Tesla Autopilot 2.0 Currently Use?"

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Frédérick St-Laurent

Important, this video is from December 20th, so before the latest update everyone is talking about.

“Now, we have the icing on the cake. Our own good friend and supporter Kman Auto – who likes to make such videos and does a stellar job – took to the task of settling this once and for all. ”

Implies very strongly that this is a new video recently made.

I updated the post for clarity. Thank you for pointing out the date issue.

Steven Loveday, can you set the record straight here?

It is, in fact, an older video that Kman sent us, although we didn’t realize at first. However, he did talk to some Tesla techs to get details on cameras in shadow mode. I apologize for the confusion, it wasn’t intentional. The system may work better due to the recent update, but in terms of cameras, the same should be activated as is currently true.

Steven Loveday, can you set the record straight here?

My apologies, I went to the you Tube website and yes December 20.

So Steven, it would be desirable if you would make this clear in the article, and although unlikely, it could be the latest version behaves differently.

…or IE should pull this article (or heavily edit it to reflect that this is from an older AP version).

It has been updated and I commented right away to let them know and thank them for catching the date issue. Thank you.

Duct. It’s tape for ducts. Hence duct tape.

That said, don’t actually use it for ducts, since it turns out that taping ducts is about the only thing that duct tape is really terrible at.

Duct tape might be alright for taping ducks, but you should probably avoid doing that if you don’t want the Audubon Society and your local SPCA coming to get you.

Unless of course they are using Duck brand duct tape!!

If you have pet ducks, and you have a duck house for them, you still can’t use Duck tape to tape the ducts in your duck house…..

*grin*

https://www.duckbrand.com/

Yeah, hopefully no autopilot cameras were harmed doing this experiment!

But what about all those ducks being taped? Just think of all the feathers they’ll lose when the duct tape is ripped off. Leave the poor ducks alone!

I think this is poor design on Tesla’s part. If any of its sensors are compromised then the overall capability to make correct decisions is degraded. IMHO Autopilot should stop operation if any one sensor input fails. Although lane keeping capability is important, The failure to stop when approaching a parked cat at the end of the video is catastrophic. Compromised cameras may fail to read speed limit signs or pedestrians at side of road etc.