- Tesla sent out invitations to some drivers for its new experimental driver assistance software, called Full Self-Driving Beta 10.2, which includes early access to features like “Autosteer on city streets.”
- To gain access to the FSD beta in general, drivers must have Tesla vehicles with new hardware, and must purchase or subscribe to the Premium FSD package, which costs $10,000 in the US, or $199 per month.
- The company’s driver assistance software hasn’t made its cars autonomous, and has drawn criticism from the National Transportation Safety Board.
Tesla released a new version of its experimental driver assistance software, which it has dubbed Full Self-Driving Beta 10.2, according to an email it sent to eligible car owners on Monday.
The FSD beta provides early access to new features Tesla is still working on, such as “Autosteer on city streets,” which enables drivers to navigate complex urban environments without having to move the steering wheel with their hands Is.
Prototype technology like Tesla’s standard driver assistance system, Autopilot and the full self-driving Premium Driver Assistance Package doesn’t really make Tesla vehicles autonomous.
In an email inviting customers to download the latest beta, Tesla warned, “Full self-driving limited early access is in beta and should be used with extra caution. It can do wrong and. In the worst of times, so you must always keep your hands on the wheel and pay extra attention on the road.”
In 2019, Tesla raised $2.7 billion from the sale of stock and convertible bonds after telling shareholders that autonomy would propel the company to a $500 billion market cap. The company also claimed that Tesla vehicles will increase in value as self-driving capabilities are added through software updates, raising their price to $250,000 within three years.
Tesla’s market cap crossed $500 billion at the end of last year, but the company has yet to deliver a driverless vehicle.
Meanwhile, its current driver assistance systems have tested auto critics, investigation by federal and state authorities and legal reprimands in Germany.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are both investigating Tesla to see whether the company’s driver assistance features contributed to or caused accidents, including some fatalities. Other accidents involved Tesla cars, with Autopilot features, vandalized first responder vehicles parked on the side of the road.
The NTSB specifically called for Tesla’s FSD beta program to take advantage of a lack of federal regulation and test on public roads that could pose a risk to drivers, other motorists, commuters or pedestrians.
The latest release of the FSD beta comes days later than Tesla CEO Elon Musk originally planned. On October 9, Musk wrote the following on Twitter, “Some last minute concerns about this build. Likely to release on a Sunday or Monday. Sorry for the delay.” He did not specify the nature of Tesla’s concerns about the technology.
To gain access to the FSD beta program, drivers must have Tesla vehicles with new hardware, and must purchase or subscribe to the premium FSD package, which costs $10,000 in the US, or $199 per month. company Revealed earlier this year That it had about 2,000 users of the FSD beta.
To determine who should have access to the latest 10.2 version of the FSD beta, Tesla used an insurance calculator it built to give drivers a “safety score.” Those who scored 100 out of 100 possible points in a week of driving at least 100 miles were sent an invitation to download the new FSD beta and begin testing.
During the Tesla 2021 Annual shareholder meeting Last week, an attendee asked Musk his safety score.
He said he didn’t know, and added:
“By the way, our Security Score calculation is obviously incomplete. So we try to stress a lot that it’s beta, if not alpha in the Security Score calculation. So, there’s going to be a lot of changes to — Yes, expect its accuracy to improve significantly over time. It’s actually fair – it’s a very early stage algorithm.”
This week’s FSD beta update was also extended to some of the company’s existing FSD beta users who gained access before the company introduced the security score.
In the past, when Tesla invited owners to participate in its FSD beta early access program, the company strictly advised keeping their experiences of the system private.
In an agreement Tesla sent to drivers for FSD beta access earlier this year, the company told them to “keep their experiences in the program confidential” and take screenshots, including making “any information about this program with the public.” not to share”. blog posts, or posting on social media sites.
According to a copy of the full agreement obtained by CNBC, Tesla named Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, TikTok, Snapchat and YouTube as sites where owners should not share information about their use of the FSD beta.
vice first Reported on privacy requirements.
In the same agreement, Tesla also specified that participating owners must not use their cars for Uber, Lyft, Turo, Scoop and other ride- or vehicle-sharing services while enrolled. And Tesla warned users that downloading the FSD beta would mean they won’t be able to revert to previous versions of their FSD software.
It looks like this week, Tesla has abandoned the lengthy legal agreement. Here’s what Tesla told some drivers when it invited them to the latest beta:
To: Unknown Recipient
Subject: Tesla | Full Self-Driving (Beta V10.2)
Date: October 11, 2021
We will be rolling out FSD beta version 10.2 (2021.32.25) Coming soon to your vehicle!
Full Self-Driving Limited Early Access is in beta and should be used with extra caution. This can go wrong and at the worst of times, so you should always keep your hand on the wheel and pay extra attention on the road.
Don’t be complacent. When the full self-driving beta is enabled, your vehicle will change lanes from the highway, choose forks to follow your navigation route, navigate around other vehicles and objects, and turn left and right. Use full self-driving beta only if you pay consistent attention to the road, and be prepared to take immediate action, especially around blind corners, crossing intersections, and in narrow driving situations.
Every driver is responsible for being alert and proactive when using the autopilot and must be prepared to take action at any time.
As part of receiving the FSD beta, your vehicle has automatically opted in to VIN associated telemetry sharing with Tesla, including Autopilot usage data, images and/or videos. If you would like to remove from Limited Early Access FSD Beta please email [redacted]
Your vehicle is running on Tesla Vision! Note that the Tesla Vision also includes some temporary limitations, as described below:
Follow distance is limited to 2-7.
The top speed of the autopilot is 80 mph.
How to give feedback:
To send autopilot snapshot video clip press the video record button in the top bar UI.
Clips are automatically sent to the engineering team. You will not be able to watch the clip.
You can email your feedback [redacted]
Please include the date, time, location in your email and if you have taken an Autopilot snapshot. This helps us investigate issues and better understand your feedback.
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