Tesla’s Full Self-Driving beta program
In one of his recent statements recorded, Elon Musk says that his well-known company Tesla is increasing the size of its Full Self-Driving Beta program, in fact, Tesla is doubling the size with an upcoming new update.
In October 2020, Tesla started to thrust a Full Self-Driving Beta release to owners under “Early Access” program, a club of Tesla owners tested early versions of new features before a full release to the fleet.
The software update was marked as a major step to fulfil its longtime promise of presenting its vehicles with “full self-driving” through over-the-air software updates.
While the update does not appear a truly self-driving vehicle because the responsibility still lies with the vehicle driver, which Tesla still needs to stay alert and be equipped to take command at all times, it does fill the gap with Tesla’s Autopilot highway driving innovations and enable Tesla’s driver-assist system to run the vehicle on city streets and through crossings.
Tesla owners practising the FSD beta are capable to provide the car a target and the vehicle will attempt to drive to those target autonomously with the operator gripping the steering and ready to take over.
Elon Musk’s Statement on Full Self-Driving beta program
Elon said that the number of Tesla owners for testing the FSD Beta will double with a latest update:
“If you want the Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta downloaded to your car, let us know. Doubling beta program size now with 8.2 & probably 10X size with 8.3. Still, be careful, but it’s getting mature.”
Last month, Elon Musk unveiled that 1,000+ Tesla owners currently testing the Full Self-Driving beta.
Tesla practices the test fleet to present real-world data to a neural network in order to improve the performance.
The CEO didn’t refine the timings of new versions of FSD Beta software, but are likely coming by the next month as Elon mentioned earlier this week.
We hope by the end of 2021, Tesla will deliver a truly full self-driving level 5 system.