Earlier this year, Tesla revealed the Full Self-Driving (FSD) computer, with a proprietary Tesla chip. The company says the new board outperforms the older Nvidia-based hardware by a factor of 21. Since April, the new computer has been installed in every new Tesla. Owners of older vehicles who have paid for the Full Self-Driving package are eligible for a free retrofit.
Tesla has begun the process of performing the retrofits. It may take a while – there are estimated to be some 100,000 eligible vehicles out there – but more and more owners are reporting that they’ve had the new hardware installed. One owner made a video of Tesla’s mobile service team performing the retrofit, and shared it with Electrek.
YouTuber Electric Dreams has a Model X that was equipped with the Autopilot 2.5 hardware. He scheduled an appointment through the Tesla mobile app, and a Tesla technician came to his house. The full installation took about two and a half hours.
Tesla says a new software version with full self-driving capability will be released next year.