Tesla begins retrofitting older cars to new Autopilot hardware
The program is currently limited to certain Model S and X vehicles that are already scheduled for other service.
Tesla has apparently kicked off its Autopilot hardware retrofit program, installing the latest HW3 computers in older cars equipped with v2.0 or v2.5 hardware.
The company earlier this year introduced the new Full Self-Driving computer featuring new chips developed in-house. The HW3 upgrade is claimed to be more than 20 times faster than the Nvidia-powered system that was used in cars built before the second quarter of 2019.
Anyone who purchased a car with HW2/HW2.5 and the Full Self-Driving upgrade is eligible for a free retrofit.An Electrek report points out that the program is currently limited to Model S and X vehicles that have already been scheduled for other service. Owners are said to be unable to request the retrofit at this point.
The company has not announced a specific time-frame for rolling out the new hardware to the thousands of vehicles that are presumably covered by the program.