Elon Musk CEO of Tesla stated the corporate will “most likely” start upgrading older electric vehicles with its new customized chip later this year — a lofty job that can involve retrofitting millions of Model S, X and 3s.
Musk tweeted Sunday night that the upgrades will start most likely at the end of the fourth quarter.
Musk didn’t provide different details. He has previously said the upgrade could be free for owners who purchased the total self-driving feature, a software package that prices $6,000.
Tesla offers two different superior driver help packages to customers: Autopilot and Full Self-Driving, or FSD. Autopilot is ADAS that provides a mix of adaptive cruise management and lane steering and is now a standard function on new cars. FSD consists of Summon as well as Navigate on Autopilot, an active guidance system that navigates a vehicle from a highway roads on-ramp to off-ramp, including interchanges and making lane changes.
While Tesla charges for the FSD software package, the vehicles should not be fully autonomous. 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.
The custom chip unveiled in April has been couched as a necessary hardware upgrade to achieve that aim. Since March, new Model X and S vehicles have come equipped with the chip. Model 3 followed a month later.
The custom chip was a milestone for the corporate. Nonetheless, it faces the considerable problem of upgrading thousands of so-called “Hardware 2” vehicles, not to point out the continuous development of the software.