Just as promised, Elon Musk took to Twitter to reveal the general availability of Tesla’s FSD Beta autonomous driving service to anyone in North America who wants to buy it. It is a little more convoluted than that, of course, because some older buys who prepaid for the Full Self-Driving Beta software are still waiting for the software version that will enable it on their cars, but at least they will know now that they are eligible. .
Also, those on the latest 2022.40 software branch would have to wait for the single-stack FSD Beta v11 to be released there, but for anyone on branch 36, Elon Musk says “Full Self-Driving Beta is now available to anyone in North America who requests it from the car’s screen, assuming you’ve purchased this option.” Tesla is gradually preparing for the wider release, resetting its Safety Score strikes, and promising to launch a true self-driving service by the end of the year.
Unfortunately, Elon Musk seems to have gotten ahead of himself with that wish, because no matter how good Tesla’s autonomous driving software is compared to the competition, it’s still mandated as a Level 3 solution that requires driver attendance to one far. Even in the US, where Tesla has logged millions of miles into its self-driving AI mainframe, regulators won’t be giving it full self-driving status anytime soon, let alone the rest of the world when it hasn’t the software there. even still available.
Still, Tesla plans to make up for its Level 4/5 regulatory certification hurdle by releasing the finished single-stack autonomous driving model with the FSD Beta v11 likely in time for the holiday shopping spree.
The V11 release notes suggest that this may be Tesla’s most significant self-driving update ever, hence the wider availability announcement:
- Enabled FSD Beta on highway. This unifies the on- and off-highway vision and planning stack and replaces the legacy highway stack, which is over four years old. The legacy highway stack still relies on a few single-camera and single-frame networks and was set up to handle simple lane maneuvers. FSD Beta’s next-generation multi-camera video networks and planner, which allow for more complex and less lane-dependent agent interactions, make way for smarter behaviors, smoother control, and better decision-making.
- Improved Occupancy Network Recall for close proximity to obstacles and accuracy in extreme weather conditions with a 4x increase in transformer spacing resolution, a 20% increase in image featurizer capability, improved side camera calibration, and 260k more video training clips (real world and simulated ).
- Improved compound behavior by leveraging lane geometry and lane boundaries, connection to rough map information and better gap selection algorithms, allowing for a smoother and safer experience.
- Highway behavior was added to offset blocked lanes and general obstacles like road debris while adding a smooth hand between in-lane compensation and lane changes.
- Improved speed-based lane changing decisions to avoid slowing traffic in fast lanes, and to minimize disruption to navigation.
- Reduced sensitivity for speed-based lane changes in CHILL mode.
- Improved lane changes to allow more sharp maneuvers if it is necessary to stay in the lane or move from a lane obstruction.
- Improved smoothness at highway lane splits by being equally strict in allowing lane centering and sharp lower maneuvers, when safe to do so.
- Reduced trajectory optimization latency by 20% on average, without sacrificing behavior, by leveraging numerical tricks for more efficient calculations.
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