Hacker Proves BIG Updates Coming To Tesla Model S And X

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New-and-improved versions of the Tesla Model S and X could be right around the corner.

Tesla's original family passenger vehicle, the Tesla Model S, hasn't had a serious overhaul since the 2016 model year. That's when it received a restyled front fascia without the black faux-grille panel and began picking up new features like Autopilot 2.0 with Enhanced Summon, and later, Sentry Mode.

But recently, a number of observers have picked up on indications that a new overhaul could be coming to Tesla's flagship Model S sedan and Model X crossover soon. Now, we can add one more item to the evidence list: some lines of code within Tesla's latest software update pertaining to a cabin-facing "selfie" camera in the interior.

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A "selfie" cam is already included on the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y, but so far, it has yet to appear in the S and X. The camera will take a central role in Tesla's planned autonomous robotaxi fleet, keeping an eye on ride customers and making sure that they don't misuse or vandalize the car while no driver is present.

A well-known Tesla hacker who goes by the name of "green" on Twitter found the software code, which refers to something called "S/X P2" that reportedly includes the selfie cam with Autopilot hardware version 3.2.

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The new software code, in conjunction with the fact that Tesla recently extended its holiday shutdown in the US and increased pricing for the Model S and Model X in Europe, highlights the possibility that the flagship models could be refreshed very soon. In fact, Tesla had a cabin refresh for both models planned for last summer, but the project was sidelined as the electric carmaker devoted its resources to ramping up Model 3 production and launching the Model Y.

With the Model Y out and Model 3 production now in full swing, 2021 seems like the year for a significant Model S/X update.

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