Back in 2016, Tesla promised that all of their forthcoming vehicles would come with the hardware necessary to enable future Full Self-Driving features via software updates.
With the latest iteration of the Full Self-Driving Beta, however, Tesla owners running Autopilot 2.0 and 2.5 hardware have been getting left out.
Yeah, although early production cars will need camera upgrades, as well as FSD computer (all included in the price)
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 22, 2021
Ordering a new computer
Tesla is now offering complimentary Full Self-Driving computer upgrades to older vehicles with Autopilot 2.0 or 2.5 computers.
People who purchased Full Self-Driving with those vehicles can schedule an installation appointment. These installations typically take around an hour to complete.
Also mentioned on the Tesla support site for Full Self-Driving Computer Installations are the new cameras.
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According to that Tesla support page, “Certain early production vehicles may also receive complimentary camera replacements.”
Those “early production vehicles” are later clarified as Model S and Model X cars built before September 2017. These, presumably, all came with Autopilot 2.0 or 2.5 hardware, rather than hardware compatible with the latest Full Self-Driving Beta.
If owners are eligible for Tesla camera replacements, they will receive the following message in their Tesla app:
As an owner with Full Self-Driving Capability and early production cameras (Your VIN Here), you are eligible for complimentary Autopilot Camera Upgrade. Camera replacements are required to access a continuously expanding suite of Full Self-Driving Capability features.
To arrange your complimentary camera replacements, schedule a new appointment from the Service menu in your Tesla App. Select ‘Schedule Service’ > ‘Upgrades & Accessories’ > ‘Autopilot Camera’
Whether or not more Tesla EVs will get complimentary camera updates is unknown. As of right now, however, this is how the rollout of this new Tesla program is shaping up.
We should see more and more cars accessing the Full Self-Driving Beta soon.