Over the past few months, Elon Musk has spoken of Tesla working on “an important fundamental rewrite in Tesla’s autopilot.”
He teased Autopilot’s new base change, which should be able to interpret its environment in 4D instead of 2D after the update and should result in a rapid performance improvement and new features released faster.
More recently, the CEO called the update “Autonomous Driving Full Beta” or “FSD Beta”.
Last week, Musk said Tesla would begin releasing a “full self-driving beta” for certain customers on Tuesday.
Today, the CEO confirmed that the deployment is going as planned tonight and added that the system would be “extremely slow and cautious”
The update apparently affects only a “small number” of Tesla owners who are “expert and careful drivers” in the company’s early access program.
It is still unclear what exactly the ‘full self-driving beta’ entails in terms of functionality, but there are plans to expand Tesla’s existing traffic light and stop sign control function to add turns. at intersections.
By combining this functionality with Tesla’s autopilot navigation, Tesla vehicles would be technically able to navigate both city streets and highways without driver intervention.
However, drivers will still need to keep their hands on the wheel, watch the vehicle and be ready to take over at any time.
This would be what Musk called “full autonomous driving functionality.”
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