Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that the installation of the company's custom Full Self-Driving Hardware 3 computer could be achieved through its ever-growing network of mobile services. With this system, Tesla owners who bought Full Self-Driving will have their vehicles upgraded in a simple and convenient way.
Elon Musk has previously emphasized that the HW3 is built with the same physical footprint as its predecessor, providing fast and easy retrofitting for vehicles requiring an upgrade. Previously, Tesla CEO noted that the Hardware 3 installation will involve a quick trip to a service center. Musk has revised his statement in a recent tweet, saying that the company's mobile service team should be able to handle the task without any problems.
The use of Tesla's mobile service layer for the upcoming hardware 3-retrofit is a strategic feature of the electric car maker . With thousands of vehicles for retrofit, it will lead to bottlenecks by upgrading a service center due to the number of vehicles that need to be upgraded. By sending HW3 to home owners, Tesla's service centers can focus on tasks that are rather, such as vehicle repair. This strategy also plays into the strength of Tesla's mobile network, as the unit continues to grow significantly in the quarter.
Musk also dropped a few goodies about the company's custom self-propelled computer, which is already in production. According to Musk, HW3 is "about 5% load calculation or 10% complete overfill" when handling tasks like Navigate on Autopilot with automatic lane changes. For comparison, Musk noted that HW2.5 is on approx. ~ 80% calculation load for processing similar tasks.
Tesla's Hardware 3 is specially built to achieve autonomous driving. Discusses the capacity of the custom hardware in the Q3 2018 revenue call, Musk estimated that the customized computer will be able to provide the company's electric cars with a 1000% improvement in processing capacity compared to existing NVIDIA components. Musk explained this point in his appearance on ARK Invest's For Your Innovation podcast earlier this year.
"So right now, we can handle the order of 100 frames per second, and we really need to do a lot of work to crop the frames, and to bend the pixels, for example, and not the full resolution of all cameras, "We have complete frames, full resolution with the Tesla hardware. All cameras, in full resolution, full frames, and still haven't drained," Musk says.
Some of the capabilities of hardware 3 are likely to be Presented on April 22, when Tesla holds its Investor Day Autonomy, the event, which will be livestreamed, will include key leader talks involved in the development of its autonomous software and hardware, including CEO Elon Musk, Engineering Stuart Bowers Director, Director of Hardware Engineer Pete Bannon and Chief Executive Officer of AI Andrej Karpathy. Test Runs in Vehicles Equipped with Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Features, Not yet released will also be offered to the participants.