Tesla lovers might reconsider their options in future.
CEO Musk shares on public media that each car would receive major changes every 12 or 18 months, which means buying Tesla is not a future-oriented decision if it is to vary so fast.
He argues that it is to bring his technology in par with latest ideas, but the concern is why not to incorporate these variations in the older versions, especially once the company has been in practice to innovate through retrofits.
Musk believes that doing so will bring enormous cost and might not turn out to be the one that is desired. For example introducing latest Autopilot updates to older Tesla Model S cars will require stripping the entire vehicle by replacing almost 300 components and of course an indefinite period of wait from the car owners. Instead the time would better be used in developing new technologies.
Media critics believe such an approach is similar to the product cycles of smartphone industry.
For example, Apple’s iPhone gets extra and updated features that are reflected in the annual unveiling of new devices.
Although certain software features could be injected to older models, for those who wish to have hardware developments in hand must go for a complete change of the handset.
The dialogue took place when a question was put to Musk about rolling out Hardware 2 upgrade to older Tesla cars.
The new features include a series of sensors and cameras designed with automatic driving capabilities in mind, which make it quite difficult for the manufacturers to refurbish.