Elon Musk announced Tesla will "most likely" start retrofitting its new, more powerful processing chip into older vehicles by the end of the year.
The upgrade will be free for people who have already paid for the full self-driving package: how numerous 500,000 Teslas already on the roads that includes is not clear.
Elon has been touting the new chip at Tesla's Autonomy Investor Day earlier this year, a 260 square millimeter powerhouse with 6 billion transistors that should offer 21 times the performance compared to the Nvidia chips it's set to replace. Musk has promised that the advanced driver help capabilities on Tesla vehicles will proceed to improve until eventually reaching that full automation high-water mark.
"End of Q4, most likely", Musk said on Twitter after being asked when Tesla would upgrade vehicles that were not manufactured with the chip.
It's worth noting that Model S, X and 3s produced in the last months have already been equipped with the new chip. (Nvidia disputed Tesla's claim at the time.) Once Tesla has developed the necessary software, the chip is created to allow its vehicles to drive without human assistance. That's about 500,000 cars, according to Musk's estimate. Tesla announced the new chip costs 20 percent less than its previous "HW2+" Nvidia, even though is way more powerful. Autopilot is ADAS that provides a mix of adaptive cruise management and lane steering and is now a standard function on new cars.
Tesla plans to involve perfecting the full self-driving capability of its electric auto up to a point where nearly no human intervention is required. However, this February the option returned with the same name despite the fact it is arguably misnamed.
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