People look at a Tesla Model Y in a Tesla showroom in Beijing on January 5, 2021.
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Tesla has released a new version of its experimental driver assistance software known as the Full Self-Driving Beta 10.2, according to an email the company sent to eligible car owners Monday.
FSD Beta provides early access to new features that Tesla is still working on, such as “Autosteer on City Streets”, which allows drivers to navigate complex urban environments without moving the steering wheel with their own hands.
The prototype technology, such as Tesla’s standard driver assistance system, autopilot and the premium driver assistance package Full Self-Driving, do not really make Tesla vehicles autonomous.
In an email to customers asking them to download the latest beta version, Tesla warned, “Full Self-Driving is in a limited beta for early access and needs to be used with additional caution. It can do the wrong thing and at the worst possible time, so you need to keep your hands on the wheel and pay special attention to the road. “
In 2019, Tesla raised $ 2.7 billion from stock and convertible bond sales after telling shareholders that the autonomy would raise the company to a market cap of $ 500 billion. The company also claimed that if software updates added self-driving capabilities, Tesla vehicles would increase in value, bringing them up to $ 250,000 in value within three years.
Tesla’s market cap topped $ 500 billion late last year, but the company hasn’t shipped a driverless vehicle yet.
His current driver assistance systems have meanwhile been put to the test by car critics, investigations by federal and state authorities and a legal complaint in Germany.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are both investigating Tesla to determine if the company’s driver assistance functions contributed to or caused accidents, including some resulting in death. Other accidents involved Tesla cars with activated autopilot functions crashing into first-aid vehicles parked on the side of the road.
NTSB has specifically called on Tesla’s FSD beta program to exploit a lack of federal regulations and conduct tests on public roads that could pose a risk to drivers, other motorists, passengers, or pedestrians.
The latest version of FSD Beta came a few days later than originally planned by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. On October 9, Musk posted the following on Twitter: “A few last minute concerns about this build. Posting likely on Sunday or Monday. Sorry for the delay.” He did not reveal the nature of Tesla’s concerns about the technology.
Who will get it?
To gain access to the FSD beta program, drivers must own Tesla vehicles with newer hardware and purchase or subscribe to the Premium FSD package, which in the US is $ 10,000 upfront or $ 199 per month. The company announced earlier this year that it had approximately 2,000 users of FSD Beta.
To determine who should have access to the latest 10.2 version of FSD Beta, Tesla uses an insurance calculator that Tesla created to give drivers a “safety rating”. Those who achieved 100 out of 100 possible points in a week with at least 100 miles were invited to download and test the new FSD beta.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Inc., will appear on trial during the SolarCity trial in Wilmington, Delaware, United States, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.
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During Tesla’s 2021 annual meeting last week, a participant asked Musk about his safety rating.
He said he didn’t know and added:
“By the way, our safety rating calculation is obviously imperfect. So we try to emphasize that the safety rating calculation is beta, if not alpha. So there will be a lot of changes – yes, expect its accuracy over the years Much improve time. That’s really just – it’s a very early stage algorithm. “
This week’s FSD beta update was also rolled out to some of the company’s existing FSD beta users who had been given access before the company rolled out safety ratings.
In the past, when Tesla invited owners to participate in its FSD Beta Early Access Program, the company issued harsh admonitions to keep their experience with the system private.
In an agreement Tesla sent out drivers for FSD beta access earlier this year, the company asked them to “keep their experience with the program confidential” and not to “share information about this program with the public,” including by taking screenshots, creating blog posts, or posting on social media sites.
Tesla cited Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, TikTok, Snapchat, and YouTube as sites owners shouldn’t share information about their usage of FSD Beta, according to a copy of the full agreement received from CNBC.
Vice previously reported on the confidentiality requirements.
In the same agreement, Tesla also stated that participating owners should not use their cars on Uber, Lyft, Turo, Scoop, and other ridesharing or car sharing services while they are registered. And Tesla warned users that downloading FSD Beta would mean they may no longer be able to fall back on previous versions of their FSD software.
This week, Tesla appears to have skipped the lengthy legal agreement. This is what Tesla told some drivers when it invited them to the latest beta:
For undisclosed recipients
Subject: Tesla | Fully self-driving (Beta V10.2)
Date: October 11, 2021
We will release the FSD beta version 10.2 (2021.32.25). shortly to your vehicle!
Full Self-Driving is in a limited beta for early access and needs to be used with additional caution. It can do the wrong thing and at the worst possible time, so always keep your hands on the steering wheel and pay special attention to the road.
Don’t get complacent. When the beta version of Full Self-Driving is activated, your vehicle will change lanes off the highway, pick forks to follow your navigation route, navigate around other vehicles and objects, and turn left and right. Only use the Full Self-Driving Beta if you are constantly paying attention to the road and are ready to act immediately, especially in blind bends, intersections and in tight driving situations.
It is the responsibility of each driver to remain alert and active while using the autopilot and must be ready to take action at all times.
As part of receiving FSD Beta, your vehicle has automatically enrolled for VIN-related telemetry sharing with Tesla, including autopilot usage data, pictures and / or videos. If you’d like to be removed from the FSD Limited Beta with Early Access, please email [redacted]
Your vehicle runs with Tesla Vision! Note that Tesla Vision also has some temporary restrictions as noted below:
The following distance is limited to 2-7.
The top speed of the autopilot is 80 mph.
How to give feedback:
Press the Record Video button on the top bar of the interface to send an autopilot snapshot video clip.
Clips are automatically sent to the engineering team. You cannot view the clip.
You can email your feedback at [redacted]
In your email, please include the date, time, location and whether you took an autopilot snapshot. This helps us investigate issues and better understand your feedback.
Thanks very much,
The Tesla team
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