At this level, we actually have extra questions than now we have solutions associated to this current phenomenon. As you’ll be able to see from the movies under shared by The Kilowatts, this Tesla Model Y has a big rack on high with wiring harnesses and what seems to be some type of imaging {hardware}.


The Kilowatts noticed the Mannequin Y with producer plates out driving round within the San Francisco space. They captured one other video of the electrical crossover, which we have embedded under. As well as, You You Xue of Mannequin 3 Highway Journey fame additionally snapped some images of the identical Mannequin Y.


These movies and pictures elevate an entire lot of questions. What is that this rack? Will Tesla’s Full Self-Driving autos have extra tools and sensors? Will Tesla really use LiIDAR? Is that this particular to future Robotaxis?

Whereas it may very well be something actually, and will definitely be associated to Tesla’s Full Self-Driving functionality, it may very well be so simple as a mapping or imaging tour. Nonetheless, it seems to be like there’s LiDAR on the rack.

The Kilowatts captured just a few movies of the mysterious Mannequin Y at evening. Nonetheless, as you’ll be able to see from You You Xue’s images, it seems to be prefer it’s the identical Mannequin Y, and he took the photographs in daylight. In accordance with Teslarati, different folks from the world have additionally talked about seeing the identical Mannequin Y on the Daly Metropolis Supercharger earlier within the week.


Simply because there’s LiDAR on the roof of a single Tesla Mannequin Y doesn’t suggest Tesla is planning to implement it throughout its lineup. Feedback and hypothesis level to this being a part of a validation course of for Full Self-Driving. Even when Elon Musk realized he was mistaken, and that LiDAR is the one strategy to make FSD work correctly, we would be very stunned if he had an enormous rack mounted on the highest of each Tesla automobile. Maybe it might be okay for taxis, however not passenger vehicles.

Commenters level to Luminar Hydra LiDAR models on the Mannequin Y’s roof. A fast search says Luminar designs tools for automobile testing and improvement packages. The Kilowatts informed Teslarati the Luminar tools could also be for “ground-truthing,” which is seemingly one thing Tesla ought to do previous to launching its FSD to a wider viewers.

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