Elon Musk Doesn't Want to Put Lasers on Self-Driving Teslas

Most fully autonomous vehicles use a complicated sensor module, usually placed in a bulbous spinning tower on the roof, to navigate the world around them. But despite their Summon and Autopilot functions, you’ll never see a bulky sensor module on top of a Tesla vehicle. And there’s a good reason for that: Elon Musk hates lasers.

The sensing technology used in Google’s self-driving vehicles and many others is called Light Detection and Ranging technology, or LIDAR. It’s very good at...

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