Musk:Latest Tesla FSD Beta "Not Great"

Chris Teague | Aug 24, 2021

Tesla is one of the most interesting automakers today. The company's all-electric vehicles feature stunning technology and futuristic style, but some of its features draw criticism, both for their names and functionality. Full Self-Driving, or FSD, technology is one of them. Tesla has relied on a select group of its vehicle owners to test the feature, but a recent beta software release didn't meet expectations. Responding to another user's tweet about the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to explain.

Musk Tweet reply:


With the release of beta 9.2, Musk feels Tesla has not hit the mark. "FSD Beta 9.2 is actually not great imo, but Autopilot/AI team is rallying to improve as fast as possible. We're trying to have a single stack for both highway & city streets, but it requires massive NN retraining." NN refers to neural networks, which help Tesla vehicles recognize and interact with the world around them. In a later tweet, Musk notes that he was able to test a new Beta 9.3 with better results, but that software is not currently available to the public.

JDPA_Tesla Full Self-Driving - FSD Roberto Nickson via Unsplash.jpg

At the time of purchase, buyers have the option to add FSD, either through a one-time fee of $10,000 or with a recurring $199 monthly charge. The technology includes "Summon" functionality, which allows the owner to remotely call the car out of parking spaces and similar situations. The function also has "Navigate on Autopilot," which enables equipped vehicles to enter highways, pass slower vehicles, and exit with minor—but vital—input from the driver.

Tesla gathers feedback from thousands of willing vehicle owners who bought into the service, as well as its employees. Most participants do not share their experiences, but a few FSD beta testers post their testing images and footage to social media. While fully autonomous vehicles have a limited ability and limited geographic scope to test on public roads, there are no laws against Tesla's customers testing FSD features on their daily commute.

The Full Self-Driving feature may sound impressive, which it is, but it's important to note that it does not turn Tesla's vehicles into autonomous driving robots. The automaker is currently in hot water with the federal government over its lack of oversight on owners who initiate its Autopilot and FSD features and completely check out of the driver's seat. Several collisions with stationary emergency vehicles on the side of roadways have occurred, and one fatality has come as a result.

Roadshow is the source of information for this article. It was accurate on August 24, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.

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