For those of you who just got your MX 5-seater VINs assigned and that you had already paid $3,000 (or $2,500 if you did it early enough) for AP, and that you will get AP 2.0 H/W. I would like to hear your thoughts about if it is worth to pay the delta of $2,000 more now (or $3,000 more after delivery) to upgrade to Enhanced AP. I will take the first cut.
AP 1.0 H/W includes 1 forward facing camera, 2 older version of the ultrasonic sensors, 1 older radar, and 1 older computer. The rear view camera is not used in AP S/W.
The new AP 2.0 H/W upgrades the 12 ultrasonic sensor, radar, 40x computer, and 12 camera (including the rear view camera).
AP S/W cost $3k (or $2.5K if you order just before price went up but not too soon to miss the AP 2.0 H/W). EAP costs $5,000 ($6,000 after delivery). The delta of $2,000 now (or $3,000 later) and here is what you will get for this delta cost:
The old slow computer is replaced with the new 40X super computer. You will get this new computer regardless of AP only or EAP. The same goes for the 12 new Ultrasonic sensors and the new radar. The ONLY thing difference is the camera. AP uses only 1 single forward facing camera. EAP uses 4 cameras (3 forward facing and the rear view camera). So that is on the H/W aspect of it. On the S/W side, what does the change from 1 to 4 cameras buys us? Tesla says: greater accuracy, redundancy, fast approaching cars in adjacent lanes, and more fine-tuned auto-steering, auto lane change.
But in reality, you will get some if not MOST of the greater accuracy and some if not most of the more fine-tuned auto-steering anyway.
So in summary, the delta buys you only these: (1) redundant forward cameras, (2) the use of the Rearview camera for fast approaching cars in adjacent lanes, (3) auto lane change. (4) Just a little but Smarter summon. But the car can drop you off and park itself is really cool.
With all that said, do you think it’s worth the $2k? And for the multimillionaires, please be nice.