Published: Tue, July 09, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Self-driving chip upgrade could come to older Teslas this year

Self-driving chip upgrade could come to older Teslas this year

Tesla does not plan to update the design of their premium cars Model S and Model X in the near future. Tesla says it offers 21 times the performance of the Nvidia chips it replaces - a claim Nvidia disputes.

Tesla watchers had expected the company's higher-end cars to get the new interior, perhaps as a cost-saving measure for the company to commonize the interiors across all its models. Tesla announced the new chip costs 20 percent less than its previous "HW2+" Nvidia, even though is way more powerful. 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.

For now, the Full Self-Driving package ordered by so many Tesla customers equipped their auto exclusively with a Navigate on Autopilot feature, which the automaker says lets the vehicle handle "on-ramp to off-ramp" highway driving, including self-directed lane changes and interchange navigation. Autopilot is ADAS that provides a mix of adaptive cruise management and lane steering and is now a standard function on new cars.

The company is still working to make full self-driving a reality. In October a year ago, the company stopped promoting the option, claiming that it was causing "too much confusion" for its customers.

Once Tesla has developed the necessary software, the chip is created to allow the electric-car maker's 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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