Musk’s Twitter feed is a common place for Tesla owners to hear from the CEO of the company, first-hand. However, even Musk, who has served as Tesla’s CEO since 2008, may be spotty in his predictions, especially as the automaker continues to navigate the difficult and obviously unexpected bottlenecks that may arise at this time. that appears to be the drop of a cap.
Musk said early this morning that “we [Tesla] need to fix some obvious issues before releasing beta 9, hopefully next week. This has been a repetitive tone from the CEO of Tesla, who says he is currently using FSD “Alpha 9” in his personal vehicle.
I’m driving “alpha” 9, but there are some obvious issues we need to fix before we release beta 9, hopefully next week. FSD subscription capability should be activated through the Tesla app.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 25, 2021
Tesla had some issues reducing the exact release time of FSD v9, and that comes with the territory. The company has long worked to release a “full-feature” version of its FSD suite, and over the years the capability has become more complex and precise with its performance. Tesla has also changed its approach to autonomous driving, as it recently ditched radar in its vehicles in favor of a camera-only approach. Known as “Tesla Vision,” the removal of radar, in Musk’s eyes, was the scrapping of a “crutch.”
Musk said during the first quarter 2021 earnings call:
“I think with the elimination of radar we are finally getting rid of one of the last crutches. The radar was really – it made up for some of the shortcomings in vision, but it’s not good. In fact, you just need a vision to work.
The most recent FSD Beta V9 update arrived on June 6, when Musk updated Tesla owners with details on what was to be the long-awaited version of V9. “Another production release of Pure Vision this week, then FSD Beta 9 a week or two later. V9.0 FSD is also pure vision. The fundamental improvements are immense, ”he said.
This would have allowed the V9 to be deployed to customers by June 20 at the latest. But the update never arrived, and Tesla owners got their most clarified suggestion from Musk last night, where he said there was a need to “fix some obvious issues.”
There might be some bottlenecks with the FSD suite now that Models 3 and Y are operating without radar. While the camera-based approach has been on Tesla’s agenda for some time, there is no indication whether the transition is causing problems for Tesla’s Autopilot team. Many owners of Tesla vehicles without radar have reported that performance has actually improved, but there is no indication exactly what is causing the delays again.