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Will probably depend upon how many owners they believe will upgrade to FSD, vs what percentage they could get if they offered a standalone chip upgrade to improve EAP. Obviously, since FSD costs a lot more than a potential standalone chip upgrade, the predicted chip uptake would have to be that much higher to compensate.
 

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Trivia: In Victorville, California, 11 different fully autonomous cars went 55 miles on city streets containing other cars, stoplights, stop signs, and (I assume simulated) pedestrians. That was back in 2007. First place paid $2 million, second $1 million, third $500k. It might be hard to believe, but we are way beyond that today. But it's not cheap.

The motherboards that go into single board AV systems are very expensive.

The board Tesla put into their "FSD" cars was cheap and impossible to do full AV with. But it fooled enough people to keep the company going. If they would have told the truth, they would have been sunk.

AP 3.0 for 'free' is not a workable business model. You must either charge money for the boards and sensors, or leave them off the car. You can't put >$10,000 worth of hardware on a car and list it as an option requiring a code.

What is installed in a Tesla is in fact cheaper than a Tesla board. Oppsss... What is a Tesla board? It's a PCIe form-factor compute board first released by nVidia before "Tesla Motors" sold a car. When it was released in 2007, it was about $7000 IIRC, and by today's standards was puny.

https://www.nvidia.com/docs/IO/43395/C870-BoardSpec_BD-03399-001_v04.pdf

Today's Tesla Compute successors are wildly more potent, and nVidia does make hardcore AV-specific boards now. Tesla Motors cannot afford nVidia level 5 AV boards such as the Drive AGX Pegasus. Hence why they are trying to do it themselves with AMD engineers. But? nVidia has the lead. AMD tech is nice, but nVidia has far more compute board experience.


(I remember first hearing of Tesla Motors and thinking, OMG, nVidia is making CARS??? How awesome is THAT??)
 

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https://electrek.co/2019/01/23/tesla-self-driving-autopilot-hardware-3-0-computer-model-3/
Will be curious if upgraded AP computers can be bought separately from buying FSD
When I bought my 'used' (Tesla Service center loaner) Model X with 4K miles I got a pretty good deal and it was in fantastic shape. It has "AP 2.0" hardware and "AP 2.5" (faster processor; diff radar) was already out on newer built models. I decided to get it as much of my AutoPilot/AP miles are on the highway although I use AP all over the surburbs I drive. It works really well and does great advance traffic following braking (seeing 2 cars ahead even if it is a smaller car in front of the larger car directly in front of me)! Also does fantastic for auto-lane centering on all types of roads and conditions.

Of course, I always have hands on the steering wheel as it instructs (msg) *each* time I turn on AutoPilot/AP.

Anyway, I paid for FSD at the time of purchase and I was told the hardware will be upgraded as necessary. I probably won't rush even when it comes out and wait a few months to see progress/revisions.

AP 2.5 -
Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/teslamotors/comments/84iey6/ap_25_hardware_teardown_and_comparison/
E.co 2017: https://electrek.co/2017/08/09/tesla-autopilot-2-5-hardware-computer-autonomous-driving/
E.co 2018: https://electrek.co/2018/03/28/tesla-autopilot-2-5-computer-model-3-s-x-first-look/

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Even my current AP 2.0 hardware is working great with the 'v9' firmware/software with the 'Navigate on Autopilot' changes.
It recommends (visual on screen) which lane to be in if there are Y's in the road and when I'm in the righthand lane (example) and I need to take the right exit then it *automatically* turns on the blinker and takes that exit by itself.

On my Thanksgiving trip, it did that on an exit and I thought it was mistaken as I was talking to a passenger and lost track of my internal 'miles to exit' counter which I 'set' a few miles back when I noticed it on the nav. It saved me from missing that exit.
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Model 3 display but similar in Model S/X. For an exit it gives you like 1.5 mile advanced notice/recommendation.
(red line warning below indicates it blindspot/other_cars etc).



 

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The Jaguar system is passive. There is an image of all the lanes on the road, and it shows you which one(s) you need to be in right on the dash (HUD too?), but it will never change lanes automatically. It will try to stop you from leaving a lane by vibrating the wheel, and showing bright red warning lines, then steering back into the lane. Obviously the turn signal turns it off temporarily, but it will still react if there is a threat from another car in the next lane.

Like Cadillac, it is advertised and documented not as a semi-autonomous system, but as a driver's safety aid. They call it Steering Assist. It even displays a cup of coffee and warns you if you start to nod off (IIRC, Caddy does similar). I've never actually seen the Coffee icon but it's documented.

You can take both hands off the Jaguar for 20.0 seconds, and indefinitely with the Caddy, but that is not what it is intended for per the manual. If you place your hands just right, you can 'drive' the Jaguar system without actually touching the wheel since it 'sees' your hands. Unlike the Caddy, the Jaguar is not geomapped and should never be used on roads without controlled access.
 

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Many Volt owners are discovering Volt 'Level 2' autonomous driving using OpenPilot as well. Has been several threads on it here but most here are anti-autonomous for a Volt even if just 'Level 2' on a highway in daily traffic or roadtrips (at least that is the feeling I get). -- Note I'm talking about the Volt not Cadillac SuperCruise

Aside: List of cars supported by Comma.AI: https://github.com/commaai/openpilot#supported-cars

Volt threads: https://www.google.com/search?q=site:gm-volt.com+openpilot
Volt thread example: https://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?326681-Level-2-Autonomy-on-the-2017-Volt
Volt thread example: https://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?307961-Self-driving-Volt-with-Openpilot/page4

Twitter today on a Volt owner using OpenPilot 'Level 2'.
https://twitter.com/FireBall1725/status/1088468531186814976
 
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