Tesla Introduces Vision Park Assist: Availability, Accuracy and Videos

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla has released vision Park Assist with Tesla update 2023.6.9
Tesla has released vision Park Assist with Tesla update 2023.6.9
@EVBaymax & @ManZoneBeer

Tesla has unveiled the Vision Park Assist feature with its new software update, version 2023.6.9 for non-FSD Beta vehicles. This cutting-edge feature employs the car's cameras to measure distances to nearby objects, offering users valuable parking assistance.

When Tesla removed ultrasonic sensors (USS) from their vehicles six months ago, some owners expressed concerns regarding the loss of parking assistance. In response, Tesla embarked on the transition towards a vision-based solution, culminating in the introduction of Vision Park Assist.

Accuracy of Park Assist

Twitter user @EVBaymax couldn’t wait till morning to test out the new Vision Park Assist feature. Equipped with his Model 3 and a measuring tape, @EVBaymax put the new technology to the test and shared it all on Twitter, providing some valuable insight into its performance. In one video, he said, “super-impressive what Tesla has been able to do. This is… Wow! I’m impressed.” @EVBaymax was showing the car within an inch or two of what the reading said inside the car.

However, he did spot something less impressive. When shifting into drive or reverse after being parked for a few minutes, a message pops up that says: Park Assist is Loading. That load took 6-8 seconds as the system recalls what was around it before it was parked. The time is quite a lag compared to the USS-enabled systems. @EVBaymax is hopeful this is addressed. However, the vehicle did eventually load the data it had before it was turned off, showing the same distance to the curb that was in front of it, even though the curb was out of view of the cameras.

Several online videos show a significant difference in readings between USS and Vision. USS mostly displays smooth readings with straight edges, but vision does not display many straight lines. When backing up to a curb, @EVBaymax notes that the line representing the curb is “squiggly and is moving.”


Although Park Assist was initially included in FSD Beta 11.3.2 and limited to North American markets, Tesla is rolling out Park Assist to additional markets with update 2023.6.9.

Currently, the Vision Park Assist feature is compatible with Model 3 and Model Y vehicles. Users also have the option to turn off Park Assist if they prefer, just like owners with USS. This innovative technology offers 360-degree detection, instead of just front and rear, as highlighted in our previous article.

Park Assist Detecting a Curb

One of the advantages of vision-based Park Assist is the ability to detect objects on the side of the vehicle. @EVBaymax does a great job illustrating that in this video below.

Vehicles With USS

At this time, it appears that vehicles with ultrasonic sensors still offer a higher level of accuracy, however that could depend on the height of the object and the type of object itself.

Vision Park Assist does not currently apply to vehicles with ultrasonic sensors. However, since Vision Park Assist does provide some advantages over its hardware-based version, it'll be interesting to see if Tesla incorporates it into all vehicles in the future as the feature matures.

As more Tesla owners install and utilize Vision Park Assist, the feature is expected to improve. The company will use the collected data to enhance distance estimates, aiming for accuracy on par with sensor-based systems.

Tesla's Vision Park Assist offers visual and auditory alerts for objects in the vehicle's surroundings, utilizing the occupancy network to generate high-definition object outlines. However, it is essential to remember that this feature should be treated as guidance, not as a substitute for an attentive driver.

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Elon Musk Promises 'Super Good' Autowiper Performance With Latest Iteration

By Kevin Armstrong
Musk believes owners will see a big improvement in Tesla's latest auto-sensing wiper updates
Musk believes owners will see a big improvement in Tesla's latest auto-sensing wiper updates

On the heels of last week's wiper news about Tesla's auto-sensing feature, CEO Elon Musk has proclaimed that "wipers will be super good." This declaration seems to center on the recent rollout of the Autowiper v4 system, indicating a shift away from the previously hyped 'Deep Rain' concept.

Retracing the Path to Autowiper v4

While Tesla's auto wiper system had shortcomings, the company has taken note of user feedback to refine and upgrade the technology. Musk's tweet today brings attention to this effort, sparking speculation and excitement among Tesla owners.

The Autowiper v4 is a testament to Tesla's commitment to improving its driver experience, promising to deliver more precise and responsive wiper control in various weather conditions. This development represents the company's commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation and customer experience.

Pausing the 'Deep Rain' Concept

Musk's tweet also coincides with reports that Tesla may be stepping back from its 'Deep Rain' neural net. Once touted as the definitive solution to wiper sensitivity issues, the 'Deep Rain' feature can now be disabled internally in the new FSD Beta 11.4.2 release according to Tesla hacker, GreenTheOnly.

This unexpected turn of events has caused a buzz in the Tesla community. While some express disappointment, others see it as a strategic move to streamline the auto wiper system, shifting focus to the promising Autowiper v4.

Harnessing Surround Video for Enhanced Rain Detection

Musk apologized for the past performance of Tesla's auto wipers and revealed a key update in the tweet. Tesla is transitioning from a single camera, single frame neural net to a surround video system. This means the company is compiling video from all onboard cameras into a 360-degree view, which the neural net will then analyze.

Notably, this upgrade reflects Musk's vision of fully autonomous vehicles and how they may transform car ownership. The system can gain a comprehensive understanding of its surroundings by utilizing multiple camera feeds. This move promises improved rain detection and signifies a step toward Tesla's self-driving goals.

Embracing the Future: The Role of Autowiper v4

As Tesla continues to innovate, the Autowiper v4 system could play a key role in overcoming the challenges previously faced by the auto wiper system. Integrating all onboard cameras promises a better understanding of weather conditions, potentially increasing the system's efficiency and accuracy.

While in its early days, the Autowiper v4 represents an exciting advancement in Tesla's technological capabilities. It shows that Tesla is listening to its user base and remains committed to delivering improvements and upgrades that directly address the needs and concerns of its drivers.

What the Future Holds

The shelving of the 'Deep Rain' concept and the introduction of the Autowiper v4 system marks a critical juncture for Tesla's auto wiper technology. The shift to a surround video system demonstrates Tesla's unwavering commitment to innovation and user experience improvement.

While these developments have caused a stir in the Tesla community, the real test will come when Tesla enables v4 and lets drivers experience the new system. As the anticipation grows, the spotlight remains on Tesla as we wait to see if these updates deliver on their promise. The story of Tesla's Autowiper system is far from over, and it will be fascinating to watch it unfold.

Tesla Finds Genius Way To Open Stores Despite Direct Sales Bans

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla has found an interesting loophole to get around direct sale laws
Tesla has found an interesting loophole to get around direct sale laws

Tesla has engineered a brilliant workaround to tackle the direct sales ban instituted in several US states. This ingenious move involves partnering with Native American tribes to establish showrooms on tribal land, allowing Tesla to navigate prohibitive sales laws.

Partnering with Native American Tribes

Spearheading this innovative strategy, Tesla has announced plans to open a spacious 25,000-square-foot showroom on land owned by the Oneida Indian Nation in Madison County, New York. Set to be operational by 2025, this will be Tesla’s first direct sales facility outside the New York City area, offering a new hub for customers in upstate New York.

This savvy approach isn't new for the company. In 2021, Tesla made similar arrangements with the Nambe Pueblo tribe in New Mexico, opening a showroom and service center on tribal land to sidestep the state's restrictive sales law. This partnership benefited Tesla and provided an economic boost for the tribe.

Benefiting Both Parties

The collaboration with the Oneida Indian Nation offers mutual advantages. The agreement will facilitate Tesla's expansion, whilst the Nation will benefit from the showroom’s construction and ongoing operations, offering employment opportunities to local tribal members and residents. Tesla's committed to fostering local talent via its workforce development programs, providing members of the Oneida Indian Nation with potential career paths within the company.

Tesla's strategic move is more than just an inventive legal sidestep"it's a powerful statement in favor of sustainable transportation. Through the partnership, the company aims to increase access to electric vehicles and charging infrastructure for Nation Members and residents of Upstate New York, contributing to broader environmental objectives.

Tesla’s Stance on Direct Sales

Tesla's CEO, Elon Musk, has made it clear that the company prefers to sell directly to consumers, bypassing third-party dealerships. However, many states, including New York, have stringent laws that compel vehicle manufacturers to sell via dealerships. Tesla's partnership with Native American tribes serves as a compelling workaround, demonstrating the company's determination to bring its electric vehicles to as many customers as possible.

While this strategy may not be applicable everywhere, it demonstrates Tesla's ability to identify and exploit legal loopholes that work in its favor. It’s a testament to the company's relentless drive for growth, even in the face of regulatory challenges. This move sets a precedent for other manufacturers facing similar obstacles, offering a novel approach to tackle such constraints.

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