The quality of the (reversing) cameras in many car brands is so poor that you get the feeling you are watching a Practical Jokes broadcast from 1992. Tesla eases driver frustrations with a simple software update.
First some technical explanation. Tesla has come up with internal names for the computers and sensors in its electric cars. Every Tesla has technology on board that allows the car to drive independently. The first hardware from 2014 was called HW1, and the brand has been happily increasing numbers ever since. The latest Teslas now have HardWare 4.
Many Dutch Teslas are still driving around with HW3 technology, which was introduced in 2019. It then had a new function: owners were shown visualizations on the large screen of traffic lights, traffic cones, waste containers and arrows on the road.
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That sounds good, but in practice the real camera images are not so clear. Instead of helping you, they just get in the way with their blurry and distorted display. This happens with more brands, we had the feeling in the Toyota Bz4X like we were watching a hidden camera prank by Ralph InbarThe image quality of the cameras was so poor.
Tesla acknowledges the problem. Via an over-the-air software update, they have improved the image quality of the HW3 cameras to the quality of HardWare 4. The camera quality has improved, especially in the dark. Just look at the pictures below. On the left you see the old view, on the right the new one.
The update is performed over the air, something Tesla does very often. For example, after an earlier update of the HW3 technology, the hazard lights were automatically activated after a collision.
Tesla Model Y, 3, S or Only Teslas with activated hardware, which allows the car to drive independently via the Autopilot function, are eligible for this update. And for the Autopilot function you pay 7,500 euros in the Netherlands. Which, according to European rules, you are not even allowed to drive without hands. But at least you have a clear image when parking...
This post was last modified on October 9, 2023 1:19 pm
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