In a recent software update, Tesla has once again demonstrated its commitment to enhancing the ownership experience for its customers, particularly those with Hardware 3 (HW3) equipped vehicles. The update, officially confirmed by the company, brings significant improvements to camera quality, as reported by an observant Tesla owner and subsequently verified by the automaker.
Tesla owner @efieber_andre took to the online community to share their excitement about the 2023.32.4 software update, labeling it a “game changer.” A side-by-side comparison showcased the transformation, with the previous camera feed exhibiting issues such as oversaturation, a noticeable red tint, and blurriness around the edges, particularly in low-light conditions.
Improved camera quality now rolling out via over-the-air update! https://t.co/zmybZ9P2c5
— Tesla (@Tesla) October 6, 2023
However, the latest update has effectively resolved these issues, resulting in noticeably crisper camera quality, more natural colors, and the elimination of blurriness.
The significance of this improvement in camera quality cannot be overstated. Tesla's cameras play a pivotal role in enabling features like Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD). Beyond assisting with driving tasks, these cameras also collect essential data used to train Tesla's deep neural network – advanced computer systems that analyze and interpret the camera data, contributing to the development of Tesla's autonomous driving technology.
While some FSD beta testers operating HW3-equipped vehicles had previously noticed improvements in the side-repeater camera quality, this recent upgrade appears to be rolling out on a broader scale via over-the-air updates. It should be noted that Tesla has not specified which vehicle models are receiving the update, and the timeline for its full deployment remains uncertain.
Confirmation of the update has come from Model X and Model 3 owners who have reported receiving the over-the-air (OTA) upgrade. Further details about the rollout are expected to be provided by Tesla in due course.
It's worth mentioning that Tesla introduced Hardware 4 (HW4) earlier this year, featuring a more potent Samsung Exynos processor, upgraded 5-megapixel cameras (compared to 1.2-megapixel units on HW3), and a new radar module. While these advancements represent the future of Tesla's technology, CEO Elon Musk acknowledged in August 2023 that HW4 was at least six months behind HW3 in terms of driving assistance capability.
Musk's recent tests of the forthcoming AI-powered FSD V12 on California roads have generated optimism about the future of Tesla's autonomous driving systems.