Tesla “Full Self-Driving” Starts Rolling Out — What Is It? [Updated with Videos]

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2020 05:03:09 +0000

Published on October 22nd, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

October 22nd, 2020 by  

The article below goes through some recent history on Tesla “Full Self-Driving” and remaining barriers to 100% full self-driving robotaxis. First, though, here’s a list of things Tesla “Full Self-Driving” can now do on all Tesla vehicles in the USA with the FSD suite (all) and vehicles that just got the early update to test out the latest features (new beta):

Wow here is a left turn and it safely went through the light. This is bettaaaaa people and it’s amazing. @elonmusk you savage, you have created a life hack and you have accomplished fsd. @tesla_raj pic.twitter.com/L8dPC6PhpU

— Tesla Owners Silicon Valley (@teslaownersSV) October 22, 2020

4D Autopilot rewrite pic.twitter.com/fXTcYUM2wa

— Viv 🐉 (@flcnhvy) October 21, 2020

As soon as we complete testing & regulators approve. So many different traffic signs, rules & languages around world, not to mention driving on left side of road! Also, a long & challenging road lies ahead getting to high 9’s reliability (way beyond human).

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 22, 2020

Now that Tesla FSD beta is out in limited release, FSD price (new or upgrade) will go up by ~$2k on Monday

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 22, 2020

Ten days ago, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted in response to a CleanTechnica article that Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” suite would start rolling out to a select group of drivers on Tuesday of this week — yesterday, October 20.

Elon tweeted again yesterday that the rollout would indeed begin last night.

In the past few hours, we’ve gotten the first notifications from early beta testers that they’ve got the update.

.@elonmusk you mad man. You did it. Full self driving is here. Myself and @tesla_raj minds are blown. pic.twitter.com/BZqiQjzl7g

— Tesla Owners Silicon Valley (@teslaownersSV) October 22, 2020

Hey Tesla family, myself and Fwaud were selected to be a part of the FSD early access program. This is a special FSD Early Access where Tesla has invited me to share my experiences. Let’s goooooo!!!! pic.twitter.com/zBk8vkDmQ7

— Tesla Owners Silicon Valley (@teslaownersSV) October 22, 2020

FSD beta program here we go. Hell yeah pic.twitter.com/dNVGlwyYv6

— Tesla Owners Silicon Valley (@teslaownersSV) October 22, 2020

It’s real… this is part of the development UI and is BETA. pic.twitter.com/SmhCrftJcc

— Brandonee916 (@brandonee916) October 22, 2020

This is absolutely incredible what is coming with the FSD BETA! @Tesla gave me the OK to post this on social media. One day soon we will be having self driving cars… so excited to be part of this movement! ❤️ This is part of the development UI and not final release..sneak peek! pic.twitter.com/vSnkw1rFKa

— Brandonee916 (@brandonee916) October 22, 2020

The fun at this point is simply following those people and checking out how the new FSD features work — so I encourage you to follow those guys on Twitter for screenshots and videos as they share them. As soon as I get the update on my Tesla Model 3, I will certainly do my best to show and explain the tech as well, but that may take weeks or even months, as Elon Musk says they are rolling out the FSD suite very slowly and cautiously to try to be sure it’s as safe as possible.

If you haven’t been following this topic much up till now, in a moment I’ll repost a segment of an article I wrote in March about remaining barriers to 100% self-driving cars. Before that, though, I highly recommend these three pieces for more on this tech and the people behind it:

Regarding the March article I referenced above, below is a segment of that article in which I listed the “big barriers remaining that keep me from using Autopilot all the time.” After sharing those barriers exactly as I wrote them out in March, I’ll list the status of each of them today and how they relate to the update some Tesla owners are beta testing right now.

So, where are we with each of these matters right now?

Once Tesla nails all of these steps and cars are driving around by themselves with our close supervision, sooner or later, Tesla will have enough data showing that FSD is safer than human driving (humorously called “Humanpilot” on The Twitter) that we will be very close to actual robotaxis. However, the FSD system will have to work almost impeccably to prove to the world that robotaxis can start roaming the streets and to get regulatory approval for them.

As a final note, Elon Musk said on the quarterly Tesla conference call that took place a few hours ago that there will hopefully be wide release of the FSD software across the United States by the end of the year.

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