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Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced at the Cyber Rodeo party in Austin that the company aims to roll out its full self-driving beta software to all North American customers this year. Anyone who has paid for the driver assistance package or has access to it through the subscription model will get the ability to use FSD on city streets.
“The Tesla Autopilot team and AI team has done an incredible job building real-world AI and we’re able to go to wide beta for all full self-driving customers in North America this year,” Musk said during the live-streamed speech at the opening of the new Texas-based Giga factory.
Even though Full Self Driving, or FSD, has been available as an add-on option for Tesla vehicles for years, actual autonomous driving capabilities haven’t been achieved yet. At the moment, Tesla automobiles come equipped with Autopilot, a driver assistance technology that may be upgraded to FSD for an extra $12,000.
The package currently delivers the parking feature Summon as well as Navigate on Autopilot, an active guidance system that navigates a car from a highway on-ramp to off-ramp, including interchanges and lane changes, which is now also operational on city streets.
The FSD beta is the company’s early version of its self-driving software that is currently being tested by a fleet of Tesla owners selected by the company and through the company’s ‘Safety Score‘ grading system.
Tesla said in its Q4 shareholder letter that 60,000 Tesla owners had gained access to the FSD beta software. Earlier this month Tesla also released the FSD beta software outside of the US for the first time. The software is now being tested in Canada, and Tesla hopes to release the beta in Europe later this year.
The software allows the car to drive itself to a destination put into the navigation system, but the driver must stay alert and ready to take control at all times. For this reason, the FSD is still classified as a level two driver-assist system. Tesla keeps regularly updating the software every couple of weeks and adding more owners to it.
Tesla hacker and Twitter user @greentheonly has speculated that it won’t be possible to retrofit current MCU 2 (Media Control Unit) Teslas employing Intel chips with the new and improved Ryzen-based processor that is used in MCU 3.
In an up-close inspection of a new Model Y’s internals Green stated that “retrofit for intel cars definitely looks impossible – totally different power and other harness and thickness of the unit.”
The news hasn’t been confirmed nor denied by Tesla or its CEO, Elon Musk, but if proven to be accurate it would most certainly disappoint a great number of MCU2 vehicles owners, who were expecting to be offered the possibility of an upgrade, in the same way current MCU1 owners are able to upgrade their chips for a $2,000 (plus tax) fee.
MCU (Media Control Unit) is the computer controlling Tesla’s touchscreen, processors, RAM (short term memory), non-volatile memory (long-term memory), the audio subsystem, 5 amplifiers, WiFi, Cellular, Bluetooth, GPS, the Ethernet bridge, multiple CAN bus communications, the LIN bus, USB ports and many more.
It handles every software operation, excluding Full Self-Driving/Autopilot, which are unaffected by which MCU version a Tesla is equipped with. All Tesla’s built after November 2016 are capable of Full Self-Driving.
MCU2 came out in the spring of 2018 (fall of 2017 for Model 3) as an upgrade to the NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor found in MCU1. All cars delivered after that point benefited from the improved responsiveness and extra features that came with the Intel’s Atom E8000 Series CPU.
From a technical standpoint, the two chips possessed entirely different architectures. The release of software update V10 highlighted the differences, as MCU1 owners were excluded from both Tesla Theater and Tesla Arcade. Effectively, MCU1 doesn’t support Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, or any other streaming services that may be added in the future. It also doesn’t support any of the games Tesla added. Additionally, the web browser on MCU2 is much quicker and more capable as it’s built on Google’s Chromium platform.
In summer of 2021 Tesla released the redesigned Model S with a more powerful infotainment processor MCU. At the time no one was sure whether this was Tesla’s next generation MCU or whether it would trickle down to other models.
Then in late 2021 the first news of a new Tesla MCU chip generation started to flood the web, with reports coming from China of a new AMD Ryzen-based computer being present in newly delivered Model Y’s.
The new MCU is faster and brings noticeable improvements in responsiveness in the web browser, as well as while using video streaming services, such as Netflix and YouTube.
It looks like the new Model 3 and Model Y may be getting a secondary display soon. In a recent tweet from @greentheonly, it was discovered that new Model 3 and Model Y models with AMD processors have the capacities for a second display.
Connectors on the circuit board of the AMD powered Model 3/Y show that it has a connector to power a “2nd display”. It is possible that the second display will be in the back of the car like the new Model S and Model X.
New Model 3 and Model Y vehicles have a circuit board that’s similar to the ones in the Model S and Model X, but they’re not the same, so this isn’t just the case of Tesla sharing parts between the two cars and letting the 2nd display port go unused.
According to Green, a similar situation occurred before, where the Model Y PCB had unused USB3 ports which were then populated in later revisions.
It’s possible that Tesla will add a rear display to the Model 3 and Model Y because it becomes a big selling point for Tesla.
The rear display gives you convenient features such as the ability to turn on rear seat heaters, and adjust the cabin temperature. It also allows you to manage music in the vehicle as well as some additional entertainment options such as play games and stream movies from Netflix, Disney+ and more.
And while games and movies on the vehicle’s main screen can only be used while parked, on the rear display your passengers are welcome to watch movies on the way to their destination.
This is a compelling feature and it’d actually cost Tesla little to add since the 8” display is powered by the same hardware as the center display.
Alternatively, it is possible, but unlikely that the second connector will be used for an instrument cluster display including speedometer, temperature, GPS, and battery information behind the steering wheel.
Looks like model 3/Y is getting a second display soon?
I just took a closer look at an AMD based model 3/y car thanks to some enterprising people
And there are two unpopulated connectors near display, one of them is marked "2nd display".
EPC has it populated – looks like s/x pic.twitter.com/99ESydFShV
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