Tesla Model 3 Changes in 2023
The Tesla Model 3 is going to undergo some big changes in 2023. Project Highland has been the first thing circulating about changes to the Model 3. This project should include some exterior, interior, software, hardware, and frame changes. Most likely, it will also include manufacturing changes.
It will likely include using a front and rear casting in order to make the vehicle like the Model Y. This will lower the cost to produce the vehicle. There have been pictures of the Model 3 with the front and rear covered up, and Tesla is obviously making some changes to the vehicle because it is covering them up.
One of the changes is that the front side camera has a longer flare, and this most likely means a new camera being installed. This is an exterior and hardware change. Tesla employees have also shared changes, but these haven't been confirmed by Tesla. Here are other changes likely.
A new part that is being added is a windshield glass assembly. This has found its way into the Tesla parts catalog. The Model 3 and Y will receive a handful of exterior and interior changes, including new mirrors, and a tri-band GPS. This allows Tesla to eliminate the need for various sensors, including external temperature.
Another thread showed Hardware 4 images, and a GPD module with a triband antenna could be seen.
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More Changes for the Model 3 and Other Vehicles
For the exterior, there will be some small changes to the front and rear. Inside the vehicle, there will likely be a farewell to the wood trim of the Model 3. The new Model 3 will be covered with ABS bonded foam non-woven fabric.
The wood is a nice look with a black interior. The new fabric will also look good, and my guess is that it will cost less for Tesla to use. I could see the Model 2 using it as well.
Hardware 4 has been talked about a lot lately. Tesla wants to have all its vehicle using the new hardware setup by the end of summer 2023. Tesla has started installing Hardware 4 computers in the Model S and Model X.
Tesla hasn't delivered these vehicles to customers yet, but this is showing that Tesla is using the new hardware setup and there will be eventual deliveries with these vehicles. The Model 3 and Model Y should follow in another 3 months.
There is likely going to be additional hardware camera ports. There was a thread that showed the additional ports - 12 connectors, with one marked as a spare. That's 11 cameras. There are side cameras in the front fenders and two cameras in the windshield. The others are named, F-SVC, L-SVC, R-SVC, L-FF-Rear, R-FF-Rear, Selfie.
Tesla is upgrading the resolution of the cameras silently, starting in December 2022. There are new high resolution cameras that are built with cars that don't have the ultrasonic sensors.
I'm looking forward to seeing these changes happen to Tesla vehicles. There are two common themes to changes Tesla is doing:
* Reduce costs
* Get the vehicles able to drive themselves for autonomy
What do you think of these changes? Are they good changes for Tesla?
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