Tesla has revealed that it has installed older, slower processors in new cars due to supply chain issues caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
The firm had received complaints from owners of new Model 3 cars in China who used the older chip to find their car’s computers. In a statement, Tesla said when supplies allowed, it would upgrade the hardware free of charge. The chip concerned is used by the Autopilot system in the vehicle. Autopilot provides semi-automatic driving, by taking control of steering, accelerating and braking.
Owners of the new Model 3 vehicles made in china expected to find the 3.0 processor in their cars-but found the 2.5 version instead. Since April last year, the 3.0 chip has been included in new Tesla cars. It processes images 21 times faster than version 2.5. The first Tesla Model 3 vehicles made in china were delivered to customers on 7 January.
China has been a priority for Tesla as the world’s largest car and EV market since it began building Model S sedans in 2012. A delighted Musk traveled to Shanghai for a ceremony on January 7, 2020, marking the beginning of deliveries to Chinese customers of locally-built cars, at one point flinging off his jacket and momentarily capering his audience on stage. In its fourth-quarter results, the company said that aside from the brief work stoppage, plans to ramp up production in China are going “as planned.
However, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, the Tesla plant in Shanghai closed at the end of January. It was reopened on 10 February.