Tesla Rain-Sensing Wipers Use Neural Net to Catch Raindrops

Tesla Rain-Sensing Wipers Use Neural Net to Catch Raindrops

Tesla Model 3

Tesla's latest software updates for some its vehicles now include a windshield-wiper setting with rain-detecting capabilities. It was announced with the typical Tesla fanfare — via a tweet from founder Elon Musk, posted just after midnight EST.

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While many vehicles on the road today have rain-sensing windshield wipers as a standard or optional feature, Tesla had thus far avoided it. Other vehicles with this feature use light-detecting sensors; Tesla has instead relied on existing cameras installed in its vehicles. With the use of a "neural net," cameras in the car detect precipitation and turn on the wipers if the wipers are on the correct setting.

While I understand "neural net" only slightly better than "bitcoin" or "blockchain," I have been assured that it is not a net the driver has to wear over the head, nor is it in any way attached to the brain. It seems rather to be a computer network set up to resemble an actual neural network, capable of learning a task over time — a task like activating the windshield wipers when it detects precipitation. That's probably better than a hairnet connected to the brain, anyway.

The automatic wipers are currently in beta testing. To see them in action, check out the video below.

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