Tesla Autopilot Camera Defroster Allows For Instant Summons Even When Snow Covers Entire Car – Video


Camera Defroster In Action

Camera Defroster In Action

In the “Did You Know?” category, we present the Tesla Autopilot Camera Defroster that works even when the vehicle is powered down.

Now, you might be thinking, won’t this kill the battery? Well, sure, over lots of time it would, but there’s a real positive to defrosting this camera that’s likely unnoticed by most of us.

With defrost always on (provided the temps/conditions require it), the Tesla can immediately be Summoned without waiting the 10 or 15 minutes it would take to clear the camera of snow and ice so that it can see its way.

As YouTuber Kman states:

Tesla Motors: Autopilot Camera Defroster in Action

“This video shows how the Defroster strip on the Autopilot camera functions even when the vehicle is not in use! Seems to be fairly effective at it’s job! I’m curious as to if Tesla is using a defroster or heating element on the new Fully Autonomous cars. As a little slush and snow would render them useless!”

Other cars with autonomous capabilities could employ a similar system, but we’ve yet to see it in action on anything but a Tesla.

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25 Comments on "Tesla Autopilot Camera Defroster Allows For Instant Summons Even When Snow Covers Entire Car – Video"

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Serious question: how many Tesla owners actually use summon on a regular basis?
Seems more like a few times a year “Hey, check this out!” gimmick. Not saying it’s not cool, but one of those “Cool but something you’ll almost never use” features.

If someone parks too close to us, we summon out of the spot. Or if we need to park in a tight spot, we hop out and let it back itself in. It does a surprisingly good job of parking.

Yup. Given the huge dimensions of Tesla’s Model S and X it’s a must. All passengers and the driver can get in conveniently, no need for pidgeon wing doors just for back passengers. And the Tesla car may still fit into a small garage at home.
To me it’s a much underrated feature, even by Tesla. They could have avoided the hassle with the falcon wing doors. Ok, you need them for the BTTF-DeLorean-effect.

What about the rear view camera?

Great, you can summon a car covered in snow, that you then cannot drive. Guess when we get full autonomy we can drive around in snowballs :O)

I want my whole car to be self heating so I don’t have to brush the snow/ice off. 😀

Yes please, me too

Don’t most of the new EV’s with an app allow you to do that? I’m assuming the Volt and Tesla already would let you preheat before you ever even go outside.

I’m talking about then entire exterior surface of the car, including all windows.

Wouldn’t 30 – 40 minutes of precondition make the snow/ice slushy on the inside and knock off easy.

I don’t live in your climes anymore, but when traveling in winter I run out of the hotel start the car, crank up heat and defrosters, then go back in and shower. Pretty much done when I get back.

It was 1 degree yesterday morn. I preconditioned twice, which worked well for rear-window (where the elements are), and most of the windshield, but still snow ice on the side windows. Also 6″ of snow/ice on the hood, headlights, roof, etc.

I drive a Leaf, 5 minutes of pre-conditioning will make just about any ice coating easily wipe off the front/rear/mirrors without getting outside. Sure, you may still have to wipe snow off the front or rear but that takes a couple minutes after pre-conditioning and is much much easier.

I don’t know how much energy it would take, but if they could keep the sheet metal surface at 33 degrees or higher, then snow wouldn’t stick. Same goes for the glass surfaces.

You can precondition the cabin in the Volt with the app right?

And from the fob

I have a simple solution
Live somewhere it doesn’t snow.

I used to live were I had to shovel my car out every morning.
Self driving doesn’t include an automated snow blower (yet?) to dig the car out.

That’s not “simple”

Kdawg said:

“I want my whole car to be self heating so I don’t have to brush the snow/ice off. ? ”

“Brush” it off?

Gosh, I wish I lived in a place where we never needed to use an ice scraper to hack away at a coating of ice on the car’s windshield and windows!

Yeah, yeah, I know… move to California, Pushy!

Yeah, I said brush.. but I’ve snapped a few ice “scrapers” in my time. Like the Eskimos say, there are 100 different types of “snow”.

Would that super-hydrophobic coating (repels rain, mud, and dirt) that Nissan developed a while ago also work to repel snow and ice from sticking to your car’s paint?



Oh great, more vampire draw, making it all that much harder to leave your car parked somewhere for an extended duration. Plus multiply that times a few million cars to consider the potential wasted energy. Not cool.

If one leaves their car idle, covered in snow and ice for extended periods, vampire draw might be the LEAST of their worries!

Are there also hot air blasters to melt ice and snow from around the wheels? Funny.

I wonder how much, if any, a coating of ice and/or snow affects a Tesla car’s radar sensors. Using those long radio wavelengths, that may well be one place that radar has an advantage over lidar.

With so much more electric power available in an electric car it is really a puzzle why the manufacturers just took over the standard ICE low power window defrost systems.
I would like an instant window defrost to, but then I mean it.
With at least 120 KW of power available from the battery, instant defrost with 10 KW would seem feasible to replace those dinosaurs age 200 W ICE era window defrosters.
The accumulated ice would turn into water like a glow bulb lamp filament fast turn white.
They don’t do it for one simple and incredible reason. Up to now they just didn’t think about it. They simply copy pasted the age old solution not realizing that that huge battery allow for a real instant defrost solution never experienced before. Best of all is that it actually would save energy because faster defrost would mean faster stopping and so, less time for heat dispersion into the surrounding. A win win situation just waiting to be exploited.