The most up to date Model 3s use the 3.0 Tesla chip, but the supply constraints have forced Tesla to install the 2.5 chip. These processors are used in the car’s Autopilot system and have been since last April.
Hopefully, the downgrade won’t affect user experience, but it should be noted that the 3.0 chip processes images 21 times faster than the outgoing component. The older chip undoubtedly doesn’t live up to Tesla‘s latest claims of Autopilot‘s capabilities.
It’s not been mentioned how many cars have been affected by the downgrade, but Tesla said that it would upgrade hardware for free when supply returns.
Tesla‘s factory in Shanghai closed briefly at the end of January as a result of the Coronavirus. By February 10, it reopened and resumed operations, but the knock-on supply chain impact remained.
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