Tesla Model Y upgrades, increases in volume and reduces price!

1. On February 1, Beijing time, Tesla officially announced that Model Y has been upgraded again! All Model Y models are equipped with a new generation of autonomous driving assistance hardware (HW4.0), adhering to the same purely visual route to further improve intelligent safety. In terms of appearance, Model Y’s exclusive “Quick Silver” paint is added, which has higher appearance and recognition, and full performance and aesthetics.

2. The price of this upgraded model remains unchanged, and there will be no price increase for additional materials! There are also some discounts during the Spring Festival (see the end of the article). As the best-selling car on the planet, Model Y surpassed Toyota Corolla for the first time to become the global sales champion in 2023. Since the price adjustment at the beginning of the year, some Model Y models have reached the lowest price in the history of the domestic market, and many consumers have said that it is “hard to find a car.” Such a champion model that continues to be a best-seller continues to add materials and upgrade product capabilities without letting consumers spend a penny more.

3. Three key words for this Model Y upgrade: see further, see more clearly, and calculate faster.

Ultra-long viewing range – The new generation of autonomous driving assistance hardware (HW4.0) is equipped with ultra-long-distance binocular cameras, with a maximum detection distance of 424 meters, significantly increasing the upper limit of detection capabilities, far exceeding the industry average. Model Y can see farther and be able to sense changes in road conditions ahead earlier;

360° ultra-high-definition perception – Model Y is equipped with 7 cameras with pixels increased to 5 million, which can clearly perceive changes in surrounding road conditions in 360 degrees. Parking at close range, changing lanes, and driving in narrow lanes are stress-free;

Significant increase in computing power – Compared with the previous generation, the chip’s computing power has increased by 5 times, helping to quickly process image information. In response to complex road conditions that change in real time, Autopilot and active safety respond faster and safer.

 

4. When it comes to intelligent driving route selection, Tesla has always adhered to the use of in-depth pure visual solutions and continued to improve safety performance. This upgrade marks that all Tesla S3XY models have officially entered the era of autonomous driving hardware 4.0. Prior to this, Tesla’s Autopilot automatic assisted driving system had made driving safety levels 9.2 times the national average.

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On February 1, Beijing time, Tesla officially announced that Model Y has been upgraded again. Following the further evolution in October 2023, Model Y’s intelligent safety has continued to improve, and it has landed in the Chinese mainland market with a continuously evolving look.

In terms of appearance, the Model Y exclusive color – Quicksilver paint is added, and flame red is used instead of Chinese red, and starry sky gray is used instead of cold silver, making it more beautiful and recognizable.

In terms of performance, all Model Y series are equipped with a new generation of autonomous driving hardware (HW4.0), which can see further, see more clearly, and calculate faster, making driving safer and more secure. As a result, the automatic assisted driving hardware of all Tesla S3XY models has entered the 4.0 era.

In terms of selling price, according to Tesla China’s official website, the Model Y models still maintain their original prices—the Model Y rear-wheel drive version starts at 258,900 yuan, the Model Y long-range version starts at 299,900 yuan, and the Model Y high-performance version starts at 299,900 yuan. Starting from 363,900 yuan.

As the best-selling car on the planet, in 2023, Model Y became the first electric car to surpass the Toyota Corolla. Its strong product strength has continued to receive “real money” recognition from consumers at home and abroad. While it is difficult to find a car in many countries and maintains a high-speed and stable growth trend, Tesla still maintains the upgrade strategy of “adding ingredients without increasing the price”, allowing Chinese consumers to always buy stronger, safer and more advanced products at the lowest price in the world. Model Y.

(At the Tesla delivery center, a large number of new car owners lined up to pick up their cars.)

Part One: Detect farther, see more clearly, and respond faster, Model Y intelligent safety continues to evolve

The new debut of Model 3 in 2023 means that Tesla’s pure visual solution is mature enough. With the debut of this Model Y upgrade, the intelligent safety configuration of Tesla’s entire series of models has been pushed to a new level – so far, Tesla S3XY is equipped with the most forward-looking automatic assisted driving hardware (HW4.0).

Just imagine, as soon as the vehicle drives out of the garage, the traffic conditions at the next intersection are simultaneously reflected in Model Y’s “eyes”. Model Y has already been “handed in” before other vehicles have even started “reviewing the questions.” Equipped with an ultra-long-range binocular camera, Model Y has a maximum detection distance of 424 meters, greatly improving its detection capabilities.

The updated Model Y can not only “see” farther, but also “see” more clearly. In complex road conditions such as parking at close range, changing lanes, and narrow lanes, accidents such as scratches and collisions may occur if you are not careful. Different from the industry’s strategy of “highest pixels for the front camera”, the seven cameras mounted on Model Y are all upgraded to 5 million pixels (including rear view, vehicle perimeter, etc.), which can sense changes in surrounding road conditions in 360 degrees.

 

Just like human real-time driving, it relies on the collaborative processing of the eyes and the brain. If the camera is compared to a “visual organ”, then the chip can be regarded as an “intelligence center.”

The key to Tesla’s pure vision solution is that the system needs to have extremely fast recognition speed, be able to accurately identify and perceive actual road conditions, and then make accurate decisions through “thoughtful consideration.” Under the independent research and development of “technology madman” Tesla, the computing power of the HW4.0 chip has been increased by 5 times, and the processing of some special road conditions is faster and more accurate.

Tesla’s vision-based smart driving technology has developed so far, and more and more car owners have exclaimed “it smells so good” after experiencing it for themselves! Tesla’s increasingly sophisticated active safety features have repeatedly helped car owners avoid danger by accurately detecting nearby vehicles and obstacles.

Simulating the human eye’s pathfinding, Tesla insists on a purely visual solution to make the car “safer the further it drives.”

Regarding the understanding of “safety”, Tesla China’s official website has this sentence: The best safety is that there are no accidents.

Safety has always been regarded as the core of vehicle design by Tesla. A number of active safety features, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and lane departure avoidance, have successfully helped reduce the severity of collisions or even prevent them.

According to Tesla’s safety report for the second quarter of 2023, Tesla’s Autopilot3.0 automatic assisted driving has made driving safety levels 9.2 times the national average. This also proves the superiority and effectiveness of Tesla’s “pure vision” solution. Forward-looking.

 

It is completely different from the vast majority of smart electric vehicle manufacturers who choose lidar and other routes. Tesla has always adopted a deep vision solution, relying entirely on mature computing power and algorithms to achieve automatic assisted driving and even fully autonomous driving.

In actual tests, Tesla engineers found that additional sensors such as lidar not only did not increase the accuracy of the information, but may also affect the final analysis rate and results. As more and more vehicles are equipped with lidar, they will interfere with each other and affect detection accuracy.

For example, when playing the “blindfold game” when I was a child, the logic is to cut off visual information, but other senses such as the nose and ears cannot provide accurate information quickly, and may cause confusion in brain processing. As the number of “blindfolded players” in the game increases, the level of confusion increases exponentially. This kind of “chaos” can create humorous and interesting effects in games, but in terms of driving safety, it may endanger lives.

When most car companies chose the conservative route of lidar, Musk decided to get rid of inertial thinking and start from first principles: roads are designed for biological neural networks and eyes. People do not have organs similar to radar and only rely on their eyes. If it can still identify the traffic conditions on the road, then the car can do the same.

In October 2015, Tesla launched the first-generation automatic assisted driving system. With the continuous upgrade of autonomous driving hardware and the continuous evolution of the Autopilot autonomous driving system, Tesla can perfectly handle complex road conditions such as sudden braking of the vehicle in front, high-speed “ghost probes”, driving at night, and turning and changing lanes.

Today, the real driving data of more than one million Tesla owners around the world helps train Tesla’s pure visual algorithm. With the support of OTA over-the-air upgrade, car owners can enjoy the updated intelligent driving technology by simply clicking “upgrade” and realize the normalized “one-click upgrade” of vehicle safety performance. From 2022 to now, Model Y has been updated 22 times through OTA, truly achieving “the more you drive, the safer it is.”

Not long ago, Tesla Tesla pushed a major software update through OTA, adding more than ten practical functions such as parking assistance 3D images and automatic blind spot cameras, strengthening the safety tips of automatic assisted driving and making the car better. Open, safer and more reliable.

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