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Old Tesla Models Are Getting A Massive Upgrade - CarBuzz

Last updated Thursday, August 26, 2021 08:10 ET , Source: NewsService

The Tesla Model S and Model X have been on the market since 2012 and 2015, respectively. Both recently received significant updates inside and out that'll keep them fresh for at least the next few years. But their core designs have not changed, at least from the outside. Technologically, these electric vehicles are equally computers, and computer software design is constantly evolving.

Per Electrek, Tesla is teaming up with world-renowned video game engineer John Carmack to improve and update the user interface performance in older vehicles. Carmack's resume speaks for itself. He's one of the industry's key forces in 3D computer graphics and was the lead programmer for popular video games like Doom and Quake. He's more recently shifted his interest and skills to virtual reality.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has followed Carmack's career and accomplishments for years and has attempted to hire him more than once. Carmack is not an official Tesla employee at this time, only outside talent hired for a specific task. He also knows a thing or two about Teslas because he owns a Model S.

"I did kind of volunteer to help them fix what I consider very poor user interface performance on the older model S (that I drive)," he said. "Their engineers have been sharing data with me." The carmaker is no stranger to criticism regarding disappointing interface performance older examples of the Model S. Earlier this year, it offered those owners a media control unit upgrade that could cost them as...

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