Tesla said it will remove ultrasonic sensors from its vehicles starting this month, as it moves ahead with using only cameras in its safety and driver-assistant features.

Tesla vehicles now have 12 ultrasonic sensors on the front and rear bumpers, and short-range sound sensors are mainly used in parking applications and to detect close objects.

Tesla last year started dropping radar sensors amid a chip shortage.

Chief Executive Elon Musk has said Tesla can achieve full autonomy with cameras only, but he has missed his target to roll out self-driving taxis which require no drivers.

The automaker faces growing regulatory, legal, and public scrutiny over its Autopilot system following crashes.

Tesla said it will remove ultrasonic sensors from the Model 3 and Model Y globally over the next few months, followed by the Model S and Model X in 2023.

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