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Tesla will begin Hardware 3.0 retrofit for Model 3 in Europe in the coming days, as the first reports of this came from Germany. The initiative is another sign of Tesla's commitment to expanding the deployment of Full Self-Driving (FSD) functionality, which is expected to reach full scale in the near future.
A Tesla Model 3 owner from Germany @EV_Stevee/Twitter shared great news. Today, April 6, he was contacted by the service center and said that the HW3 retrofit for Model 3 is starting. A Tesla employee reported that service centers in the country received about 50 HW3 kits. The exact date of the start of the replacement for all service centers is unknown, but in Hannover, it will start from April 19.
Tesla's FSD was sold on the premise that owners will eventually get autonomous driving features that will become available in the future. This system was largely in use prior to the release of Model 3, which shipped with Hardware 2.5. But HW2.5 was not the endpoint for Tesla's FSD efforts. The company decided to develop its own autonomous driving computer and the result was Hardware 3.0, a computer that is arguably the most advanced autonomous driving device on the market today.
The HW3 upgrade will be available for Tesla vehicles equipped with HW2 and HW2.5, whose owners have purchased the company's FSD package. The new HW3 has been installed in all new Model S and Model X vehicles since March 2019 and in all new Model 3 vehicles produced since April of that year, so the company is making replacements for other vehicles manufactured before that time.
The Tesla Hardware 3.0 HW3 upgrade is an important part of the company's plans to roll out a full version of its Full Self-Driving. HW3 is specifically designed to achieve full autonomy, making it invaluable to Tesla's plans to release a network of unmanned robotaxis and ride-hailing.
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