Tesla to offer self-driving chip upgrade for older models

Tesla to offer self-driving chip upgrade for older models

Tesla to offer self-driving chip upgrade for older models

Older Tesla models will be "most likely" retrofitted near the end of this year with a chip powerful enough to allow for full self-driving, according to a tweet-reply from the company's CEO.

Tesla will likely start installing the chip it created to one day make its cars autonomous on vehicles that don't already have it near the end of this year, CEO Elon Musk said on Sunday.

At the fourth quarter of 2019, Tesla will begin upgrading old cars with the new FSD (Full Self-Driving) chip. The upgraded FSD computer includes two of these new chips for redundancy. Despite being a lot more powerful, the company says the new chip costs 20 percent less than its previous "HW2+" Nvidia hardware, and only draws a bit more power.

The FSD chip upgrade will be offered for free to any Tesla owners who have paid for the company's "Full Self-Driving" add-on package, which costs $6,000.

Autopilot. This feature is a more advanced version of adaptive cruise control.

For now, the Full Self-Driving package ordered by so many Tesla customers equipped their vehicle exclusively with a Navigate on Autopilot feature, which the automaker says lets the auto handle "on-ramp to off-ramp" highway driving, including self-directed lane changes and interchange navigation. (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. However, this February the option returned with the same name despite the fact it is arguably misnamed.

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