While Tesla continues to insist that it won't switch over to LIDAR for its sensor system for Autopilot, the sightings of various manufacturer plate Tesla Model S electric cars seems to suggest something else.

This particular Model S was caught on video sporting Velodyne's roof-mounted LIDAR sensor near Tesla's HQ in Palo Alto, California.

It's clear from the video that the car is wearing a manufacturer's plate, so it's safe to assume that this is either Tesla's car, or a car lent to a supplier for testing purposes.

Elon Musk insists radar is the way to go and with Autopilot 8.0 the radar-based system has been upgraded significantly for improved detection, but perhaps in the far off future LIDAR will make its way into Tesla's lineup?

Via Teslarati