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Model S HW 2.0 to HW 3.0 Upgrades? (Not HW2.5 or Model 3 upgrades to HW3)

I can tell you when tesla had the EAP upgrade to FSD firesale awhile back Tesla said I would have to pay 3K instead of 2K. They said the reason being the car has MCU1 and AP2 and required more HW upgrades compared to the MCU2 AP2.5 cars. I bet us MCU1 cars will get an upgrade soon ;)

If they cannot get HW 3.0 to work with MCU 1 it will be interesting to see the path they take in order to upgrade. I really hope they don’t drag their feet on getting a solution.

Also wonder if the price paid for FSD will change the order we get FSD or upgrade to MCU.
 

zanary

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Here are the three possible upgrade programs going on now to get the new FSD Computer (assuming you have the FSD Software already pre-purchased).
  1. MCU/1 and AP 2.0 - It appears that FSD Computer is not compatible with MCU/ and maybe additional radar/camera hardware may be required. We are waiting for Tesla to make it work or offer the MCU/2 Retrofit to owners (cost unknown for retrofit) along with the associated hardware that may be needed.
  2. MCU/1 and AP 2.5 - It appears that FSD Computer is not compatible with MCU/1, so we are waiting for Tesla to make it work or offer the MCU/2 Retrofit to owners (cost unknown for retrofit).
  3. MCU/2 and AP 2.5 - Upgrade going on currently. Owners can setup appointment through app, or make appointment with service center directly.
 

Brettski

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As an aside, I asked about getting the HW 3.0 update (from 2.5) at the service center; they told me that the upgrade can’t be done until it’s “VIN matched”; I have an appointment for a host of problems tomorrow - will have to see what they say (i.e. whether or not my car is VIN matched yet for 3.0 ugrade)
 
I tried to schedule an appointment to upgrade to AP3 & MCU2 and this is what I got back...
 

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arcus

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Here are the three possible upgrade programs going on now to get the new FSD Computer (assuming you have the FSD Software already pre-purchased).
  1. MCU/1 and AP 2.0 - It appears that FSD Computer is not compatible with MCU/ and maybe additional radar/camera hardware may be required. We are waiting for Tesla to make it work or offer the MCU/2 Retrofit to owners (cost unknown for retrofit) along with the associated hardware that may be needed.
  2. MCU/1 and AP 2.5 - It appears that FSD Computer is not compatible with MCU/1, so we are waiting for Tesla to make it work or offer the MCU/2 Retrofit to owners (cost unknown for retrofit).
  3. MCU/2 and AP 2.5 - Upgrade going on currently. Owners can setup appointment through app, or make appointment with service center directly.
I will take an offer from Tesla to "retrofit" my 2017 Model S with brand new long range Model S :p
 
Here are the three possible upgrade programs going on now to get the new FSD Computer (assuming you have the FSD Software already pre-purchased).
  1. MCU/1 and AP 2.0 - It appears that FSD Computer is not compatible with MCU/ and maybe additional radar/camera hardware may be required. We are waiting for Tesla to make it work or offer the MCU/2 Retrofit to owners (cost unknown for retrofit) along with the associated hardware that may be needed.
  2. MCU/1 and AP 2.5 - It appears that FSD Computer is not compatible with MCU/1, so we are waiting for Tesla to make it work or offer the MCU/2 Retrofit to owners (cost unknown for retrofit).
  3. MCU/2 and AP 2.5 - Upgrade going on currently. Owners can setup appointment through app, or make appointment with service center directly.


And the longer Tesla waits, the more cars will be lost to collisions, and the cost of the hardware will most likely drop... The best strategy for Tesla is to wait as long as possible to do HW2/MCU1->HW3/MCU2 upgrades.
 
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zanary

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I will take an offer from Tesla to "retrofit" my 2017 Model S with brand new long range Model S :p

You are in luck. They will offer you value for your Model S and you can get a new Tesla. This is called a retrofit as your waiting out your existing one from your garage with a new one for a special price.
 
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zanary

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Interesting. You should make an appointment for the MCU2 upgrade and see what they say.
I’ve done that twice and told to wait until mid December to mid January.. They are nearly done with both the special harness and the software updates to support the new MCU/2 as the retrofit you’re MCU/1.
 

boonedocks

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May 1, 2015
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Here are the three possible upgrade programs going on now to get the new FSD Computer (assuming you have the FSD Software already pre-purchased).
  1. MCU/1 and AP 2.0 - It appears that FSD Computer is not compatible with MCU/ and maybe additional radar/camera hardware may be required. We are waiting for Tesla to make it work or offer the MCU/2 Retrofit to owners (cost unknown for retrofit) along with the associated hardware that may be needed.
  2. MCU/1 and AP 2.5 - It appears that FSD Computer is not compatible with MCU/1, so we are waiting for Tesla to make it work or offer the MCU/2 Retrofit to owners (cost unknown for retrofit).
  3. MCU/2 and AP 2.5 - Upgrade going on currently. Owners can setup appointment through app, or make appointment with service center directly.

If FSD has been pre-paid and it requires an MCU2 retrofit the good news is the unknown cost is only important to Tesla as we / owners won't be footing that bill.
 

azred

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Here are the three possible upgrade programs going on now to get the new FSD Computer (assuming you have the FSD Software already pre-purchased).
  1. MCU/1 and AP 2.0 - It appears that FSD Computer is not compatible with MCU/ and maybe additional radar/camera hardware may be required. We are waiting for Tesla to make it work or offer the MCU/2 Retrofit to owners (cost unknown for retrofit) along with the associated hardware that may be needed.
  2. MCU/1 and AP 2.5 - It appears that FSD Computer is not compatible with MCU/1, so we are waiting for Tesla to make it work or offer the MCU/2 Retrofit to owners (cost unknown for retrofit).
  3. MCU/2 and AP 2.5 - Upgrade going on currently. Owners can setup appointment through app, or make appointment with service center directly.
#1 and 2 “cost unknown” is made up BS. Some guy on Twitter named Musk has promised FSD to anyone who bought it. Any additional charges are theoretical BS the product of message board posters with too much free time.
 
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