Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Beta Is Now Open to Everyone Who Paid for It

Tesla Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta is now accessible for all Tesla owners that purchased the Full Self-Driving package in North America. It’s not just for drivers who have a high safety rating.

FSD Beta enables Tesla vehicles to autonomously drive to an address that is entered into the navigation system of the vehicle, however, the driver has to be alert and ready to assume control at all moments.

The responsibility for the driver is on the driver, not with Tesla’s system, it’s classified as a level-two driver-assist program despite the name. It’s sort of like a “two steps forward one step back” type of program since some updates have shown some regressions in capability to drive.

Tesla is regularly offering new software updates to FSD Beta. FSD Beta program to improve performance, with the intention of being more secure than human drivers, and adding more owners.

In the past six months there were more than 100,000 Tesla owners who have joined FSD Beta, however the CEO Elon Musk announced the FSD Beta would be available to all owners who purchased FSD Beta in North America at the end of the year.

Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” Beta, which has been rolling out slowly over the past few decades, now open to anyone who has paying for this feature within North America, CEO Elon Musk has declared. “Tesla full self-driving beta is available to everyone who lives in North America who requests it through the car’s display,” Musk tweeted, “assuming you’ve purchased this feature.”

The beta software began in 2020 with just a tiny number of users and has since been gradually expanded to reach about 160,000 drivers in October of this year. Access to the beta has generally demanded that users meet the safety minimum threshold through the Tesla’s inbuilt Safety Score feature as well as driving 100 miles with the advanced driver-assist feature of the company Autopilot.

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Musk’s tweet announcement was met with a variety of reactions from excited owners to skeptical to those who are worried about the safety of Tesla drivers as well as those who drive within the vicinity of the self-driving cars. It’s not surprising that there’s a reasons. The technology (and Tesla’s promotion of the technology) is being scrutinized by regulators like regulators like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Department of Justice and the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Anyone who is concerned about their safety will be happy to learn that the software can be described as a driver assistance system that has to be constantly controlled from the motorist. If you were thrilled about the prospect of having a bit more sleeping time before you go on your way to go to work… you’ll have to wait you might get it next year.

A present Department of Justice probe, first reported last month is part of a larger probe into Tesla’s claims concerning its distinct, but connected Autopilot system.

Musk has, on the other hand, stated earlier in the year that Musk said that he “would be shocked” If Full Self-Driving was not solved by the time 2022 comes to an end.

Naturally, Musk isn’t stated what he envisions for FSD Beta working as intended but he has not specified what SAE stage the software will reach. Thus, the purpose of FSD functions is still very ambiguous.

For instance, if a system called Full Self-Driving requires one to be attentive to the road continuously, what should an equivalent system that’s a Level 4 system that doesn’t need a driver be called?

The question could be addressed by the DoJ when it conducts its investigation into Tesla’s marketing of its similar driver-assist systems.


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