Tesla has managed to greatly improve its camera quality on its existing electric cars with HW3 through an over-the-air software update.
Lately, Tesla has been flexing its capability to improve its vehicles with over-the-air software updates.
Earlier this week, we reported on Tesla making its vehicles safer through an over-the-air software update that now automatically activates and speeds up hazard lights after a crash.
Now the automaker has started to push another impressive new upgrade through an over-the-air software update – this time to its cameras.
With the latest 2023.32 Tesla software update, the rendering quality of the cameras around your Tesla vehicles have greatly improved has highlighted by this side-by-side comparison:
As you can see, this is a major quality improvement, especially in low light environments.
Tesla confirmed the upgrade on X:
Improved camera quality now rolling out via over-the-air update!
What is most impressive here is that this update is coming to Tesla vehicles equipped with Autopilot/Full Self-Driving hardware 3.0 (HW3).
Tesla has upgraded the camera hardware with its HW4 upgrade on newer vehicles, which has worried HW3 owners who are still waiting for Tesla to deliver on its promised full self-driving capability with the older hardware.
I am happy to see Tesla still finding some major improvements like this despite the hardware constraints of HW3.
It gives some hope that there’s still a lot of room to progress with HW3 and possibly eventually achieve the promised full self-driving capability – even though I know this is a stretch.
Now it’s not clear if this is just the rendering quality inside the vehicles that has improved or if this helps Tesla’s data collection for FSD.
Either way, it’s an improvement to the in-car experience. I’d still like to see Tesla implement some kind of 360 bird-eye view of its vehicles, but better camera views is appreciated in the meantime.