Full self driving
Full Self-Driving is one of the two Autopilot packages available for Tesla cars. Compared to Autopilot, Full Self-Driving offers more capabilities including Navigate on Autopilot, Auto Lane changes, Autopark, Summon, and Smart Summon.
Full Self-Driving is currently intended for use with a fully attentive driver, who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any moment. While these features are designed to become more capable over time, the currently enabled features do not make the vehicle autonomous.
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If you purchased Full Self-Driving (FSD) and are not on Autopilot Hardware 3 yet, I’m sure you must be wondering when is your retrofit going to be available. Here’s what we know.
Past Tesletter articles
After a few weeks of rumors Elon was crystal about it on Twitter. He also clarified that retrofits will start when the software is able to take meaningful advantage of the Tesla FSD computer, which is an order of magnitude more capable than the current one.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #53
In the recent Elon Musk interview by Thirdrow Tesla Part 2, we learned that the Autopilot team is going through a foundational rewrite that goes from different networks for different cameras to combine all of them, planning, and perception. This reddit post goes over why this is a big deal and why the change was needed.
Read more: RedditFrom issue #98
Unannounced details about the upcoming Model Y from a little birdie:
- AWD only
- $35-$40k base price
- 250+ mile base model
- Autopilot HW 3.5 (with the possibility of a Tesla-designed Radar system, more cameras than current AP, no LIDAR)
- L4 FSD-ready from launch
Still some risk these change, but apparently these are the engineering targets.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #41
As Tesla starts delivering FSD features - hopefully this will start soon - they have the plan to increase the price of the software package. We are looking forward to see what thew show in their webcast on Monday.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #55
Kara Swisher from Recode Decode did an awesome interview to Elon. He talks about everything from Tesla’s close to death earlier this year, to what is down the pipe for Tesla, to rockets, Mars, and others. A few Tesla related highlights:
- NoA comes to a halt at the intersection after the off-ramp. I didn’t know about it until I listed to this podcast.
- Tesla is now integrating stop signs, traffic lights, hard right turns, or hairpin bends.
- Elon Musk thinks Tesla would archive full self-driving in 2019 and no other competitor is close to it, although it also seems like he doesn’t worry much about competitors.
- The future Tesla pickup truck is going to be a really futuristic-like cyberpunk, “Blade Runner”, pickup truck. Elon is really excited about it.
Listen to the interview: Recode DecodeFrom issue #32
OP had the opportunity to talk with a mobile technician and shared some exciting news about FSD. «Everything is working well at this point (stop signs, street lights, left turns, right turns, etc.) The only consistent bug he has had is «valet mode», where the car will drop off the occupants and find its own parking spot. (…) It had some issues coming back (refused to saying obstacle detected).»
We aren’t sure about how much of this is reality vs. what is not but we can’t help but getting excited!
Read more: RedditFrom issue #41
According to Elon, the price of the FSD package is going up another $1k on August 16th. He also mentioned that if you - like us - have purchased EAP before, you should get a $3k discount - that is how much we paid for it - on the FSD price.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #68
We’ve been waiting to get the FSD upgrade for a while (Model S, Dec 2017). Tesla recently released a support page that throws some light to frequently asked questions such as, ‘when’s my FSD upgrade going to be available?’.
Also, a very cool video on the enhanced Driving Visualizations that come with FSD.
Read more: TeslaFrom issue #104
It seems that some Tesla owners who have purchased the FSD package after its price has been raised to $5,000 (previously $4,000) have been returned the difference without having requested it. We don’t know if this is something that is happening to everyone or if Tesla will continue doing it, but it’s nice that they are grandfathering the original price to at least some existing customers.
Read more: TMC ForumFrom issue #31
FSD used to cost $3,000 and it will now cost $5,000 if purchased after delivery. In addition to that, the ‘Enhanced Autopilot’ package, which is required to get the FSD, has also gone from $5,000 to $6,000 if bought later on through and OTA update.
Read more: ElectrekFrom issue #15
After the presentation at the Autonomy Day, Tesla offered rides to all investors to experience the FSD first hand. It was a pre-determined route, and sadly they didn’t allow recordings, but they released a video. After the ride, a few investors shared their excitement on Twitter:
«Parking lot to city streets, to freeway, to city streets back to parking lot, ~10 mile drive, 100% autonomous» - Hamid Shojaee
«It can totally drive the roads. Everything. Stop signs. Lights. Bikers. Etc. you can’t curate real life driving» - Ross Gerber#56
Thanks to greentheonly, who gave the instructions, someone in the Bay Area has been able to enable a bunch of internal flags to make a normal Tesla run stock firmware capable of reproducing the FSD Tesla autonomy demo. In the video, you can see that the driver disables AP because ULC was disabled in that particular version and the turning of the car was limited. In the words of greentheonly, «Almost everything that was shown on Autonomy Day is there in regular firmware, sometimes disabled».#63
Tesla is asking for more employees to sign up for their Full self-driving test program. They are trying to get as many employees as possible with their HW3 running their alpha versions of the FSD software. We aren’t Tesla employees but Elon if you are listening we would love to test it for you!
Read more: RedditFrom issue #40
You may have heard rumors that the Hardware 3 (FSD) retrofit is not going to be possible without MCU2. According to Bonnie Norman- well known for having reliable sources at Tesla- the rumors are not true. She has confirmed with Tesla that it is going to be possible. It’s just not available at the moment.
We’ve been in touch with our Service Center and they told us they’re prioritizing Hardware 3 (FSD) + MCU2 upgrade at the moment. No dates shared for Hardware 3 (FSD) +MCU1 yet.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #101
The Infotainment upgrade for owners with MCU1 is finally available. We have so many questions… should we pay for the upgrade? When can we get it? Is it required for the Hardware 3 (FSD) upgrade? We have shared everything we know in this article.
Read more: TesletterFrom issue #101
Teslarati was able to see inventory cars with HW3 inspecting the options from Tesla’s web page.
Read more: TeslaratiFrom issue #52
Greentheonly has discovered there’s been some recent progress in the HW2 to HW3 retrofit, which makes us think it’s actually going to happen. According to him, it’s probably going to be a degraded experience compared to the HW2.5 to HW3 retrofit, and looking at the changes in the latest firmware versions, it seems they don’t plan on changing the radar or the steering rack.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #97
Tesla said this a while ago but just now owners (thanks DirtyTesla) are reporting it showing up in their Tesla accounts.
Read more: RedditFrom issue #74
According to Greentheonly, the latest update 2020.12 is basically the same as 2020.8.1 but it introduces two important changes:
- Preparation for cars with MCU1 to be able to be upgraded to FSD
- What seem to be preparations to enable actual stopping for stop signs/traffic lights
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #103
Several comments made by CEO Elon Musk since the launch of its AP 2.0 hardware suite in all Tesla vehicles made since October 2016 indicate that the company might have to update its onboard computer in order to achieve the fully self-driving capability that it has been promising to customers.
Now it looks like Tesla might have to also offer computer retrofits for AP 2.5 cars.
Read more: Electrek.comFrom issue #7
This isn’t new information but, according to recent tweets from Elon, he expects the price of FSD to climb every 2 to 4 months depending on how much progress Tesla makes.
BTW, he also mentioned that early FSD buyers will get into the early access list and in general any FSD buyer will get priority in the upload queue.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #72
According to Elon’s tweet your Tesla will soon be able to go from your garage at home to parking at work with no driver input at all. Hard to believe, but they’re already testing traffic lights, stop signs and roundabouts in development software.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #37
As we shared a few weeks ago and Elon re-iterated yesterday on Twitter, the price of FSD is expected to go up ~$1k on May 1st. If you still haven’t purchased FSD and you feel like you are going to miss out and regret not buying it now at $5k, hurry up and get it before May 1st.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #56
Tesla used to give trials of the EAP but it was unclear what was going to happen after they re-defined the packages to AP and FSD. Well, it seems like they just started giving trials of the FSD features (Auto Lane Change, NoA, and Summon) right now.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #57
A source told Electrek that Tesla updated the Model 3 wiring diagrams in its internal service documentation on January 9th to include the new Autopilot 3.0 computer as the new standard ECU in Model 3.
An interesting new piece of information is that in the diagram we can see how the chip has connectors for a second radar although current models only have mounted a forward facing radar.
Read more: ElectrekFrom issue #43
Tesla just changed the definitions going forward but announced that customers who already purchased EAP will still get those features even though now are only included in the FSD package. Thanks Troy Teslike for the visualziation
See more: TeslaFrom issue #49
Elon postponed the increase until they released Smart Summon, now Smart Summon is here and he announced that Tesla will raise the price of the FSD package by $1,000 on November 1st. Elon clarified on Twitter that the price in Europe won’t increase until they are able to deliver some of the new features, hopefully, this means they are working with the regulator and he sees a viable path for it. Remember, Elon has said many times that as they release features that are part of the FSD package the price will keep on increasing.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #81
CleanTechnica made an in-depth review of the new Tesla FSD processor. Tesla decided to design this processor in house and make it solve one problem (matrix multiplications) really well.
Read more: CleanTechnicaFrom issue #65
Elon mentioned it on Twitter a couple of weeks ago and it’s now official. If you had purchased Enhanced Autopilot, upgrading to Full Self-Driving is now $3,000. Or what it is the same $3,000 less than the current price of FSD ($3,000 happened to be the price of EAP if you got it when purchasing the car).
Expect this price to go up as FSD goes up, for instance, when FSD goes up to $7,000 in mid August, the upgrade from EAP will most likely be increased to $4,000.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #70
Tesla’s next major software update ‘version 9.0’ is now set for a release in August and it will include the first ‘full self-driving features’ for Autopilot 2.0 vehicles, says CEO Elon Musk.
Read more: ElectrekFrom issue #12
2019.40.50.1 dropped just on time for Christmas Eve and it comes with a bunch of new stuff:
- Driving visualization improvements (HW3 only)
- Voice commands
- Read and respond to text messages using the right scroll wheel button
- Camp Mode
- Voice Keyboard
- TRAX v0.1
- and more
Read more: TesletterFrom issue #91