Tesla to offer self-driving chip upgrade for older models

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Elon Musk announced Tesla will "most likely" start retrofitting its new, more powerful processing chip into older vehicles by the end of the year.

"This is why it's possible for Tesla to have a million robotaxis by end of 2020 if we upgrade existing HW2 fleet of ~500k & make at least ~500k FSD cars", Musk said. The new FSD chip is the first chip designed in-house and Tesla says 21 times more performant in comparison to the Nvidia chips it replaces.

Once Tesla figures out how to align the FSD software with the promise of a fully autonomous auto, the latter option would likely generate much more profit for the company in the long run than selling its cars to consumers.

The new, Full Self-Driving (FSD) computer is also fitted with two such chips for redundancy, as are all the other critical features such as power delivery.

He plans now to offer it as a "free" upgrade to owners of 2017-and-newer Tesla models who opted for the US$6,000 Full Self-Driving package upon purchase, reports The Verge. Tesla announced the new chip costs 20 percent less than its previous "HW2+" Nvidia, even though is way more powerful. Since March, new Model X and S vehicles have come equipped with the chip. Without it, cars are limited to regular autopilot, which offers automatic steering on highways and adaptive cruise control. The option now gives you access to Tesla's Navigate on Autopilot feature, which is capable of guiding you from "on-ramp to off-ramp" on highways, meaning it can suggest lane-changes, navigate highway interchanges, and can proactively take exits. That's about 500,000 cars, according to Musk's estimate. However, this February the option returned with the same name despite the fact it is arguably misnamed.

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