People look at a Tesla Model Y at a Tesla showroom in Beijing on January 5, 2021.
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Tesla has released a new version of its driver-assistance beta program, called Full Self-Driving Beta 10.2, according to an email the company sent to eligible car owners on Monday.
The FSD Beta provides early access to new features that Tesla is still working on, such as “city street autosteer,” which enables drivers to navigate complex urban environments without moving the steering wheel with their hands.
Prototype technology, such as Tesla’s standard driver assistance system, autopilot, and a premium fully self-driving driver assistance package, don’t actually make Tesla cars self-driving.
In an email to customers inviting them to download the latest beta, Tesla warned, “Full autonomous driving is in a limited early beta version and should be used with extra caution. You may be doing something wrong and at the worst of times, so you should always put your hands on the wheel and pay close attention to it.” on the way.”
In 2019, Tesla raised $2.7 billion in sales of convertible stock and bonds after telling shareholders that independence would raise the company to a market cap of $500 billion. The company also claimed that Tesla cars will increase in value as self-driving capabilities are added through software updates, making them worth $250,000 within three years.
Tesla’s market capitalization topped $500 billion late last year, but the company has yet to introduce a self-driving car.
Meanwhile, current driver assistance systems have come under scrutiny from car critics, investigations by federal and state authorities and a legal reprimand in Germany.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are investigating Tesla to see if the company’s driver assistance features have contributed to or caused accidents, including some deaths. Other accidents included Tesla cars, with autopilot features turned on, and first responder cars smashing parked on the side of the road.
The NTSB specifically called out Tesla’s FSD Beta program to exploit a lack of federal regulation and conduct tests on public roads that could pose a risk to drivers, other motorists, passengers or pedestrians.
The latest FSD Beta has arrived a few days later than originally scheduled for Tesla CEO Elon Musk. On October 9, Musk wrote the following on Twitter, “There are a few last minute concerns about this release. It’s likely to be released on Sunday or Monday. Sorry for the delay.” He did not specify the nature of Tesla’s concerns about the technology.
Who gets it?
To access the FSD Beta program, drivers must own Tesla vehicles with the latest hardware, and must purchase or subscribe to the FSD premium package, which costs $10,000 up front in the US, or $199 a month. The company revealed earlier this year that it has about 2,000 FSD Beta users.
To determine who has access to the latest 10.2 FSD Beta, Tesla used an insurance calculator it built to give drivers a “safety score”. Those who scored 100 out of 100 possible points in a week of driving at least 100 miles were sent invitations to download and start the new FSD Beta test.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Inc. , appears in court during the SolarCity trial in Wilmington, Delaware, US, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.
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During Tesla’s 2021 annual shareholder meeting last week, an attendee asked Musk about his safety score.
He said he didn’t know, and added:
“By the way, our security score calculation is obviously imperfect. That’s why we try to strongly stress that it is a beta version, if not an alpha in the security score calculation. So, you will get a lot of changes – yes, expect its accuracy to improve significantly over time. This is really just — it’s a very early stage algorithm.”
This week’s FSD Beta update was also pushed out to some of the company’s existing FSD Beta users who had access before the company introduced the security scores.
In the past, when Tesla invited owners to participate in the FSD Beta Early Access Program, the company has included stark warnings to keep their experiences with the system private.
In an agreement Tesla sent to drivers earlier this year for access to the FSD Beta, the company asked them to “keep your experiences with the software confidential” and not to “share any information about this software with the public” including by taking screenshots and creating blog posts Or post on social media.
Tesla has named Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, TikTok, Snapchat and YouTube as sites where owners should not share information about their use of the FSD Beta, according to a copy of the full agreement obtained by CNBC.
Deputy previously reported on confidentiality requirements.
In the same agreement, Tesla also specified that participating owners should not use their cars for Uber, Lyft, Turo, Scoop and other ride-sharing or vehicle-sharing services while registering. And Tesla warned users that downloading the FSD Beta could mean they might not be able to go back to previous versions of their FSD software.
This week, Tesla appears to have bypassed the lengthy legal agreement. Here’s what Tesla said to some drivers when it invited them to its latest beta:
To undisclosed recipients
Chromosome: Tesla | Fully Autonomous Driving (Beta V10.2)
Date: October 11, 2021
We will push the beta version of FSD v10.2 (2021.32.25) Your car soon!
Full Autonomous Driving is available in a limited early access beta and should be used with extra caution. You may be doing something wrong and at the worst of times, so you should always keep your hands on the steering wheel and pay extra attention to the road.
You don’t get satisfied. When Full Self-Driving Beta is enabled, your vehicle will make lane changes on the highway, select forks to track your navigation route, navigate around other vehicles and objects, and turn right and left. Use the fully autonomous driving beta only if you are going to pay constant attention to the road, and be prepared to act immediately, especially around blind corners, road junctions and in tight driving situations.
Every driver is responsible for staying alert and active when using autopilot and must be ready to take action at any time.
As part of receiving an FSD Beta, your vehicle has automatically chosen to share VIN-related telemetry with Tesla, including autopilot usage data, photos, and/or video. If you wish to be removed from the FSD Beta limited beta, please send an email [redacted]
Your car runs on Tesla Vision! Note that the Tesla Vision also includes some temporary limitations, as noted below:
The following distance is limited to 2-7.
The top speed of the autopilot is 80 miles per hour.
How to give feedback:
Press the Record Video button in the top bar user interface to send an autopilot snapshot video.
Clips are automatically sent to the engineering team. You will not be able to view the clip.
You can email your feedback to [redacted]
In your email, please include the date, time, location and if you have taken an autopilot shot. This helps us investigate issues and better understand your feedback.
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