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Installation of Auto Pilot hardware

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by Sans Gas, Oct 14, 2015.

  1. Sans Gas

    Sans Gas Member

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    I have an early 2013 Model S and was told at a recent visit to the Chicago Service Center that I could have installed the sensors necessary for the Auto Pilot for $2300 plus installation ( cost ?). Has anyone done this and if so what's your experience with the process?
     
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    Are you able to validate this? This is the first I've heard of a possible retrofit. If a retrofit is coming, it would be great to get some certainty. Thanks!
     
  3. Sus

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    I'd be surprised if this were true. Can you get/share more details?
     
  4. Discoducky

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    I think that is just the sonar pucks. Not the camera or radar not to mention all the the other vehicle integration stuff.
     
  5. stevenberry54

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    Well they certainly shouldn't be calling it "Autopilot" if it doesn't include all of the same.
     
  6. hiroshiy

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    Was that Auto Pilot, or just TACC?
     
  7. Denarius

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    Sounds like the parking sensor retrofit, not autopilot.
     
  8. FreeOfPge

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    There will be a lot of happy Model S owners if this information is true, unfortunately it's likely a misunderstanding.
     
  9. MrJones390

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    Currently there is no parking sensor, AP or TACC retrofit. I'd love to be proven wrong.

    There are aftermarket options which don't integrate into the car the same way.
     
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    As far as I'm aware you cannot add autopilot to cars built before fall 2013.
     
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    Isn't that just for the parking sensors? I don't think I've heard of anyone having the radar and camera installed on older vehicles.
     
  12. Kalud

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    Hum... What about cars built during fall 2013 ? ;)
     
  13. Discoducky

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    Fall 2014 or any car that doesn't already have the sonar pucks, windshield camera and front bumper radar :)
     
  14. CRASCH

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    I wish it was true, that would be awesome! But... I remember a lot of research about the feasibility of doing such an upgrade and it just didn't work. The cost was about $20K in parts. From my memory... Entirely new braking system, entirely new steering system, new windshield. Multiple wiring harnesses, New body panels for the sensors (front and rear fascia) and painted. New rear view mirror assembly, multiple new wiring harnesses. Also all the electronics and sensors. There are multiple other parts that need to be changed to mount all of this stuff, I just can't remember them all. For me it was cheaper to trade in and upgrade from a new P85+ to a P85D, than retrofit the autopilot hardware.
     
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  15. breser

    breser AutoPilot Nostradamus

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    Yup I did the same research. There's just no way they can retrofit for $2300. Even just the ludicrous upgrade on the P85D is $5000 in parts and it is a much simpler upgrade, just replacing the battery fuse and loading software.
     
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    jhs_7645 VIN: #3305

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    "It doesn't make financial sense" is spot on.

    Sell your 2013 car and buy a new one. That would be far less expensive than whatever might be required to retrofit this thing.
     
  18. pimp-boy

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    How else is Elon going to sell more cars.... make your car extinct in a year or two to compel you to get the newest options! :)

     
  19. Brightonuk

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    Old thread but......I just called the Daina Beach Service Center for a wheel alignment and when asked is that all we are doing? Joking said "and retro fit Auto Pilot" the answer was; do you already have the parts?..... I said I was joking but do you mean this can be done??? how much???
    She went away and came back a few seconds later around $2.5-3k

    I left it there as I am assuming she was mistaken
     
  20. ecarfan

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    I think the person you spoke to gave you incorrect information. As far as I know, Tesla has never retrofitted AP hardware to a customer's car that did not come with it when new.
     

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