Tesla has determined to supply a radio retrofit as an possibility with its infotainment retrofit after complaints from some house owners.
It’s not low cost at $500.
In recent times, Tesla has launched a number of new options that require extra computing energy and even with Tesla’s well-known over-the-air software program updates, house owners of older automobiles couldn’t get these options.
We’re speaking about options like Tesla Theater (video streaming by means of YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and Twitch), Tesla Arcade (video video games like Seashore Buggy Racing 2, Cuphead and Stardew Valley), in addition to TeslaCam and Sentry Mode.
It created a requirement for a pc retrofit that may allow older Mannequin S and Mannequin X automobiles to have these options.
Earlier this 12 months, Tesla launched a $2,500 infotainment upgrade (MCU1 to MCU2 improve) for house owners of older Mannequin S and Mannequin X automobiles.
It permits the beforehand talked about options and it additionally comes with a extra responsive touchscreen, higher general efficiency, and Enhanced Driving Visualization if they’ve the Tesla self-driving laptop with FSD package deal.
On prime of the folks wanting these options, there are additionally many early Mannequin S and Mannequin X house owners who are suffering from issues with their infotainment (MCU) laptop. NHTSA is even investigating the issue.
The options and the MCU difficulty created a number of demand for the Tesla infotainment retrofit, however there was one factor that bothered some would-be consumers of the retrofit when it was first introduced earlier this 12 months.
It eliminated the radio in Mannequin S and Mannequin X automobiles:
“Removes AM, FM and Sirius XM radio Your automobile will nonetheless have entry to web radio and music streaming.”
This pissed off some house owners when it was introduced earlier this 12 months, however Tesla now gives an answer.
An Electrek reader (hat tip to Holmes) famous that Tesla has now up to date the infotainment retrofit providing with an non-obligatory radio improve that can begin quickly:
“We’ll begin scheduling Radio Upgrades later in This autumn 2020.”
Tesla says that the radio improve goes to value $500:
“The acquisition and set up of the Radio Improve shall be accessible for automobiles which have already undergone Infotainment Improve. For automobiles that haven’t but undergone an Infotainment Improve, we suggest having each the Infotainment Improve and Radio Improve set up carried out on the identical time. The Radio Improve prices an extra $500 plus relevant tax, and there’s no distinction in worth you probably have the Radio Improve and Infotainment Improve put in individually or collectively.”
With the infotainment improve, it provides as much as $3,000 to get the brand new laptop and hold your radio.
Tesla’s logic is that “not all prospects use their FM radio” and subsequently, not together with it permits them to make the infotainment retrofit cheaper.
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