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Tesla will soon begin hardware 3.0 upgrades for Model 3 in Europe. This initiative is another sign of Tesla's commitment to expanding its Full Self-Driving functionality rollout, which is expected to reach full-scale in the near future.
The HW3 retrofit will be available for electric vehicles equipped with HW2 and HW2.5, whose owners have purchased the company's Full Self-Driving package. The new computer (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.
For now, owners from regions such as Europe and Australia have not yet received the promised HW3 block. But this situation may soon change. A Model 3 owner from Europe asked Tesla CEO Elon Musk when the company will begin retrofitting Model 3 hardware in Europe. Musk replied that this should happen soon.
Should be happening soon— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 16, 2020
Similar to FSD today, Tesla’s Full Self-Driving suite was sold based on the prospect of owners eventually receiving autonomous driving features as they become available in the future. This system was pretty much followed until the release of the Model 3, which shipped with Hardware 2.5.
But HW2.5 was not the end-all and be-all for Tesla’s FSD efforts. The company opted to develop its own autonomous driving computer in-house, and the result of this was the emergence of Hardware 3.0--a computer that’s arguably the most well-rounded autonomous driving unit in the market today.
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