Tesla Autopilot director confirms that High Fidelity Park Assist is coming to cars with ultrasonic sensors

Perhaps the most exciting part of Tesla’s 2023 holiday update is the addition of High Fidelity Park Assist. The feature, which allows drivers to see a 3D reconstruction of their vehicle’s surroundings while parked, has long been requested by electric vehicle owners, especially given the popularity of 360-degree cameras in mainstream cars.

For now, however, High Fidelity Park Assist is only available for Tesla vehicles that use Tesla Vision exclusively. This means that owners who have cars equipped with ultrasonic sensors are yet to receive the feature. Fortunately, plans appear to be underway to roll out High Fidelity Park Assist to Teslas equipped with the company’s older sensor suite.

This was confirmed by Tesla Autopilot Director Ashok Eluswamy in a recent post on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter. While commenting on a video of High Fidelity Park Assist in action, the executive was asked if the feature would reach Tesla’s larger fleet. Elluswamy responded in the affirmative, noting that the feature should “eventually go to cars that also have ultrasonic sensors.”

Elluswamy also provided a fairly comprehensive explanation of the technology behind High Fidelity Park Assist.

“Premium Park Assist is coming this weekend to Tesla customers without ultrasonic sensors as part of the Holiday Edition! This replaces the 2D obstacle course that customers had with a high-resolution 3D reconstruction of the Tesla’s surroundings. This is an extension of our occupancy grid, with a much higher resolution to help with tight parking manoeuvres.

“Obstacles are modeled as a continuous distance field. This allows us to represent arbitrary shapes in a smooth and computationally efficient way. The vehicles you see are not some fixed grids, but real-time shape prediction grids. In addition to the obstacles, we also foresee painted lines on the ground, also in 3D. Together, they help complete the complete parking maneuver just by looking at this one screen.

“This is version 1 of this technology and there will be subsequent versions that have even better geometric consistency with the cameras, better resistance to occluded obstacles, etc. For now, enjoy parking and happy holidays!” the Tesla executive wrote.

While the confirmation that High Fidelity Park Assist is coming to Teslas with ultrasonic sensors is welcome news, owners of Teslas that have ultrasonic sensors would probably be wise to exercise some patience. After all, the Autopilot executive didn’t provide a target timeframe for the feature’s extended rollout, saying only that High Fidelity Park Assist will “eventually” roll out to Teslas with ultrasonic sensors as well.

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Tesla Autopilot director confirms that High Fidelity Park Assist is coming to cars with ultrasonic sensors






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