Despite a recent trimming of Tesla's employee ranks to save costs, the automaker is now opening up new positions in Fremont and at its Nevada Gigafactory to support the production ramp.
It's worth noting that Model S, X and 3s produced in the last months have already been equipped with the new chip. Tesla says it offers 21 times the performance of the Nvidia chips it replaces - a claim Nvidia disputes. The Model S and Model X have separate instrument clusters in front of the steering wheel that the Model 3 lacks, and have a vertical center touch screen, both of which require engineers to program separate display outputs for every new feature the company introduces.More news: Google Stadia, more details avowed to get the beauty
The CEO believes the new chip is capable enough to eventually allow for fully self-driving cars in the near future when the software is going to be ready.
Musk says all Autopilot Hardware 2.0 (HW2+) vehicles can be upgraded to full self-driving with the FSD chip.More news: Iran vows to respond to UK detaining oil tanker
The FSD chip upgrade will be offered for free to any Tesla owners who have paid for the company's "Full Self-Driving" add-on package, which costs $6,000.
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Elon Musk has been at it on Twitter again, this time talking about plans for a potential fall/winter rollout of the full self-driving computer retrofit. In October previous year, the company stopped promoting the option, claiming that it was causing "too much confusion" for its customers. In spite of the criticism however, the option soon returned in February.