Elon Musk announced in a recent tweet that Tesla will expand Fully Self-Driving Beta Program (FSD) including an additional 60,000 owners in the United States and Canada.
The FSD Beta program is touted as a more advanced autopilot system than the existing ‘Full Self-Driving’ option.
When this expansion happens, there will be a total of 160,000 FSD Beta testers across both countries. Musk also said in his Tweet that the latest 10.69.2.2 version of the FSD Beta “looks good”.
So far, North American Tesla owners with a so-called ‘Safety Score’ of 90 or higher have been given access to the Beta program, but Musk tweeted last week that the company will extend this to anyone with a score above 80.
It is not yet clear if this has taken effect.
Like details beforeTesla introduced a series of tests that assessed driving behavior for seven days before granting access to the Beta feature.
Testers receive a score of 100 depending on their driving behavior, and the score is made up of various criteria including forward collision warning, emergency braking, sharp turns, unsafe following. and forced to stop the autopilot.
Before all of this, Tesla customers had to purchase the FSD Capability option, which currently costs $15,000 ($22,337) in the US.
Start the first EV Launch of FSD Beta program in October 2020 and is gradually expanding the number of people with access.
This “Full Self-Driving” feature promises a completely hands-free driving experience, but previously shared footage from early FSD Beta testers shows that car owners still need to be vigilant and Prepare control if necessary.
Australian customers don’t have access to FSD Beta yet, but they can. purchase the FSD Capability option.
This Full Self-Driving option offers semi-autonomous highway driving with lane-changing, automatic parking with recall, as well as traffic light and stop sign recognition.
Tesla also recently introduced a Advanced autopilot options offers all the above features except traffic lights and stop sign recognition at a reduced cost.
Even if you don’t choose any of these optional packages, you still get adaptive cruise control with Autopilot lane-keeping assist.
All Tesla models are equipped with the company’s so-called ‘Full Self-Driving Computer’ designed to ultimately provide hands-free driving when the owner pays for the option.
Though, CNBC Recently reported Tesla has remove one of the two electronic control units used in the steering rack of China manufacture Model 3 and Model Y vehicles, which would preclude the deployment of more complex autonomous driving technology in the air.
The second control unit for the electric power steering is used mainly as a backup, and sources say CNBC No safety issues.
The removal is also expected to not affect the operation of Autopilot or Full Self-Driving (FSD).
However, the presence of controls in Tesla models is to support the eventual implementation of Level 3 autonomous driving technology.
With the control unit gone, Tesla owners are expected to have to have it retrofitted at a service center to receive this technology update. This may also be required if there is a more sophisticated update to the FSD.
As reported last week, an owner is suing Tesla false advertising about Autopilot, Advanced Autopilot and Full Autopilot.