Tesla builds Model 3 and Model Y cars in China with fewer chips. The maker of electric cars is doing this to keep production high despite chip shortages, reports the American business channel CNBC. The cars that Tesla builds in China are also delivered to customers in Europe.
Normally, Tesla builds two so-called ‘electronic control units’ into the steering system of the cars, but now they only get one. Tesla is not reporting the change to customers because the second chip system is seen as redundant, meaning it is not immediately needed to safely drive the car. The second chip is also not necessary for simple driving support systems.
For more complicated matters such as largely autonomous driving, the second chip is essential. This means that Tesla cannot make all modern Teslas self-driving with a software update, as CEO Elon Musk recently claimed when announcing the annual figures. Before those functions can be added to the models concerned, they will still have to have the second system built in.
The choice for only one chip in the steering system instead of two also has a direct advantage for Tesla. It saves the company money, making the cars it builds more profitable that way.
CNBC: Tesla is building cars in China with fewer chips due to shortages
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