Tesla Vision to Be Capable of Recognizing Hand Signals, Emergency Vehicle Lights

According to Elon Musk, Tesla Vision will soon be capable of recognizing hand signals, emergency vehicle lights, other vehicles’ turn signals, and other vehicles’ hazard light signals. This announcement comes after one Tesla owner says that his vehicle is now capable of recognizing that other vehicles are stopped with brake lights on.

Tesla recently eliminated radar in favor of a purely camera-based system for the Autopilot and Full Self-Driving software packages. This counterintuitive move came shortly after a Tesla-owned vehicle equipped with what looked like a lidar system was recently seen in Florida, although Tesla has not issued a statement about any possible tests involving lidar. (Lidar systems do look a lot like top-mounted vehicle racks capable of carrying a couple of bicycles or a kayak.) Tesla apparently believes that a vision-based system will be sufficient for its driver-assist programs.