Tesla Model S refresh’s large side repeater cameras indicate intense FSD focus

In Carmel, CA, a white Tesla Model S “refresh” vehicle was recently spotted. And while some aspects of the car, such as its center console and round steering wheel, were eye-catching, the side repeaters of the flagship sedan were also noteworthy. This was due to their size, which appeared noticeably larger than those used in previous Model S iterations.

Tesla enthusiast Nick George, who was able to take several shots of the refreshed Model S while it was parked, shared the images online. Thanks to this, the EV fan was able to get some of the clearest images of the exterior and interior of the new Model S, including the steering wheel of the vehicle and the ventilated seats. Some inner workings of the HVAC system of the Model S could also be seen.

The Tesla Model S refresh’s interior. (Credit: Nick George/Twitter)

The size of the side repeaters in the refreshed vehicle, however, was what eventually stuck out in the new Model S photos. The side repeaters on the refreshed flagship sedan seemed larger compared to Tesla’s side repeaters in the outgoing “Raven” Model S. For now, of course, the reasons behind this remain unknown, although speculation from the EV community suggests that the new side repeaters could give a better view of the road.

From security-based functions such as Sentry Mode and TeslaCam to advanced driver-assist functions such as Navigate on Autopilot with automatic lane changes, Tesla’s electric cars are equipped with a suite of cameras that serve multiple purposes. With this in mind, the large side repeaters of the Model S refresh may be very well designed to optimize the full self-driving functions of the vehicle. FSD, after all, is a key focus for Tesla today, particularly in the midst of aggressive timetables on the technology by CEO Elon Musk.

One of the main goals of Tesla is the development and implementation of technology that could enable vehicles to drive themselves without human intervention. The electric car maker uses data collected from its ever-growing fleet to achieve this. Late last year, Tesla began releasing its FSD beta to a small group of testers, and the reception has been extremely positive so far. With Elon Musk suggesting significant improvements that will be rolled out in the near future to the FSD beta, vehicles such as the Model S refresh with its large side repeaters may very well be ready to blend well with the more advanced features of the driver-assist software.

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