Full self driving

Full Self-Driving is one of the two Autopilot packages available for Tesla cars. Compared to Autopilot, Full Self-Driving offers more capabilities including:

Full Self-Driving is currently intended for use with a fully attentive driver, who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any moment. While these features are designed to become more capable over time, the currently enabled features do not make the vehicle autonomous.

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FSD driving visualizations

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What’s in Tesla’s software update 2020.48.5

December 1, 2020

Tesla is rolling out the latest software update 2020.48.5 which introduces great improvements in Sentry Mode, text messaging, and navigation. Keep reading to see the 2020.48.5 release notes and 'Who gets what' table.

What’s in Tesla’s software update 2020.40.8

October 21, 2020

Tesla 2020.40.7 and 2020.40.8 introduce 'Improved Efficiency'. Model Y owners are seeing a ~10 mile increase in range.

What’s in Tesla’s software update 2020.40.3

October 7, 2020

Tesla's software update 2020.40.3 contains: Speed Assist, Glovebox PIN, Priority Bluetooth, and more. Tesla 2020.40.* started rolling out to owners a few days ago. Since yesterday, 2020.40.3 seems to be arriving to more owners in the US, Canada, and Australia.

How to tell if a Tesla has Full Self-Driving (FSD)

September 21, 2020

To know for sure if a Tesla has Full Self-Driving (FSD) either go to the Tesla App and tap on 'Upgrades' or check the 'Additional Vehicle Information' under Controls > Software in the car's touchscreen.

What’s in Tesla’s software update 2020.36.10

September 11, 2020

Tesla is rolling out a new software update, version 2020.36.10, which brings improvements to 'Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control' to Tesla owners in Australia and Europe. The 'go-on-green' feature has been available in the US since version 2020.24.6.

What’s in Tesla’s software update 2020.36

August 31, 2020

Tesla is rolling out update 2020.36 introducing 'Green Traffic Light Chime' and 'Speed Assist Improvements' (speed limit recognition with cameras), amongst others. See both in action, check out the videos.

Autopilot, Enhanced Autopilot, and Full Self-Driving features and cost

August 27, 2020

Are Autopilot and Enhanced Autopilot the same? What about Full Self-Driving? How much does it cost to upgrade to FSD? How do I know what I have in my Tesla? Learn more about Tesla's AP, EAP, and FSD and how to upgrade.

What’s in Tesla’s software update 2020.28.5

July 29, 2020

Tesla's latest software update, 2020.28.5, introduces some nice changes in the Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control feature in the US. The feature won't be available in Europe until 2020.28.10. Keep reading to learn more about 2020.28.5 and which Tesla models get which features.

What's in Tesla's software update 2020.12.6

April 24, 2020

Tesla's latest software update, 2020.12.6 brings everyone a new and very much expected feature: Traffic and Stop sign control. This new feature requires Autopilot HW3 (Full Self-Driving) and enables the car to stop at traffic lights and stop signs by itself. Read more and see release notes here.

Do I need MCU2 to upgrade to Hardware 3 (FSD)?

March 3, 2020

With the Infotainment upgrade available (MCU1 to MCU2 retrofit), Tesla owners with MCU1 who purchased FSD are wondering if MCU2 is going to be required and if they're going to have to pay for it.

When to expect the Autopilot Hardware 3 (FSD) retrofit

January 31, 2020

If you purchased Full Self-Driving (FSD) and are not on Autopilot Hardware 3 yet, I’m sure you must be wondering when is your retrofit going to be available. Here’s what we know.

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'Green traffic light chime' and 'Visual speed limits recognition' in 2020.36

A new software update is coming soon with more improvements on Autopilot and FSD. Check out the videos in the link to see the new features in action. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Green traffic light chime (video)
  • Speed assist improvements, or introducing the usage of the cameras to detect speed limit signs (video)
  • Cruise set speed improvements
  • Autosteer stop sign and stop light warning
From issue #127

'The Button' might still be coming

Elon is an ambitious person and that can make him be overly confident with deadlines, as we have seen many times. He believes that if the v9 beta goes well during the limited testing, they might release the famous button for the rest of us to opt-in into the FSD Beta in a month or so.

From issue #172

2020.12.6 is here and it brings as all Traffic lights and stop sign detection

Ok, not all of us, only those of you with FSD. But it’s here for everyone and it’s really exciting. While this isn’t fully autonomous, the idea of the car stopping by itself and restarting when the driver says so sounds pretty good to me! Remember to be in control of your car at all times.

From issue #109

2020.16.2.1 and Pedestrian animations

The latest software update 2020.16.2.1 brings some UI changes to the Tesla Toybox and filters for charging but it also brings pedestrian animations. @blktsla shows us it all in his new video.


From issue #113

[Video] AI for Full-Self Driving by Andrej Karpathy

Earlier this year, Andrej Karpathy talked about AI for Tesla’s FSD at the ScaledML Conference. It’s not the first talk by Karpathy that we share, you know we’re big fans. In this one, he discusses some of the work being done at Tesla around AI and Vision to improve FSD. In particular, he talks about how they’d like to train neural networks to do the planning and the prediction of the bird eye view inside the network itself vs. them being explicit predictions like they are today.

From issue #108

[Video] Real FSD with Traffic light & stop sign detection and NoAP

We’re in awe with all the progress that Tesla is making and although we’re still far from the final solution, seeing videos like with critique the good and the bad is really educational. In this 15 minute video you can see the real Full Self-Driving experience with the new auto stop feature and Navigate on Autopilot in action.

This version fixes the bug that would let you override a stop in a red light. It’s also getting pretty good at ignoring lanes and green lights which are in other sections.

From issue #110

[Video] Traffic light and stop sign detection

A few days ago, Tesla started rolling out a new version 2020.12.5.6 (EAP only) introducing the expected new Traffic light and stop sign control feature. It’s looking pretty good although it’s still not a final product e.g. it will stop at all traffic lights, no matter if green or red, unless you override it. In our opinion, Tesla is being conservative with the rollout which is good because it’s a matter of safety. In case you missed this, check out these videos we shared to see it in action.

From issue #108

Alphabet's Waymo and Tesla's Autopilot FSD make a trip to the store

Both cars make it to the store with zero disengagements. Tesla’s FSD Beta makes the exact same trip in almost 3 minutes less. It would be great to see the same drive during the daytime with some traffic.

From issue #154

Andrej Karpathy on the visionary AI in Tesla's autonomous driving

Super interesting (and rare) interview to Andrej Karpathy, Director of AI at Tesla, where he talks about how he immigrated to Canada, came to Stanford to do his Ph.D., started the class about deep learning, and of course his experience at Tesla. It is always great to hear Andrej talking about AI, he makes it sound so simple. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with the world!

From issue #157

Antioch, CA through the eyes of FSD Beta

I love projecting the FSD visualization on top of what he is recording. Really nice video.

From issue #157

Anyone who purchased full self-driving will get FSD computer upgrade for free

After a few weeks of rumors Elon was crystal about it on Twitter. He also clarified that retrofits will start when the software is able to take meaningful advantage of the Tesla FSD computer, which is an order of magnitude more capable than the current one.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #53

AP improvements on residential roads with 2020.28.5 update

Cool video by ‘Black Tesla’ showing Autopilot on residential roads with the latest update 2020.28.5. The update introduces the ability to increase the speed limit up to +5 mph when ‘Traffic and Stop sign detection’ is enabled to make the driving experience more natural. And looking at this video, it seems like it does the job!

From issue #122

AP to make lane changes automatically on city streets

It seems like AP can already make automatic lane changes on city streets in alpha. Production release coming up in ‘a few months’ (in Elon’s time 😉). So exciting to see this happening and our cars becoming smarter!

From issue #121

Auto-shift will come to all cars with FSD

Since it got introduced, we have been speculating about the addition of smart-shift to other cars other than the new Model S (after all, it seemed just a software update). Well, this week, Elon confirmed that it is in fact going to happen.

From issue #173

Autopark after you leave the car (in the Model 3)

This feature was available in the Model S but just got added to the Model 3. Pretty helpful when you need to park in a tight spot and there isn’t much space left to get out of the car.

From issue #97

Autopilot 2020.36.11

Testing the latest Autopilot update 2020.36.11. Chime on green, stopping for red lights and challenges with lightning, beeps when driving by people, smoother freeway exiting, keeping in the center of the lane in city roads without lights, and in the freeway with blinding lights, and more! Overall, 💪 progress.

From issue #131

Autopilot available to purchase for $2,000 until July 1st

Autopilot is available at $2,000 via Tesla in-app purchases until July 1st. In addition, if you have EAP, you can also purchase FSD for $3,000 until the same date. After July 1st, FSD price will go up to $4,000 for owners with EAP.

The question is, should you get AP or FSD? If you ask me, I think Autopilot is worth it if you have a long commute o travel often in your Tesla. It definitely makes driving safer and more relaxed- or less stressful, depends on your personality and how much you like to drive. Basic Autopilot does not include Navigate on Autopilot, lane changes, summon, Autopark, or traffic and stop sign control. If those are the features you’re looking for, then go for the FSD before its price increases.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #117

Autopilot is doing tire thread depth estimation

Greentheonly reported that someone discovered that Autopilot is doing tire thread estimation, probably to understand if the weather conditions, speed, etc. are safe with the current state of the tires.

From issue #156

Autopilot rewrite with 3D labeling is only starting to use FSD computer’s potential

In the recent Elon Musk interview by Thirdrow Tesla Part 2, we learned that the Autopilot team is going through a foundational rewrite that goes from different networks for different cameras to combine all of them, planning, and perception. This reddit post goes over why this is a big deal and why the change was needed.

Read more: Reddit

From issue #98

Autopilot thinks the smoke-obscured sun is a big yellow light

Full self-driving has gone a long way but it’s still a few edge cases away from its final version. In this video, you can see how AP identifies the sun (obscured by the smoke) as a yellow traffic light. Now that Tesla has the info needed to train the system on this, I’m sure it will get fixed soon.

From issue #126

Bikes, speeders, and construction with FSD Beta & a trip to Santa Cruz without interventions

We love FSD Beta videos, here’s two more from last week:

From issue #138

Birdseye view coming soon

Birdseye view, please? Coming right up if you have FSD, or so said Elon Musk on Twitter this week after being asked by @teslaownerssv. This is a pretty standard feature in other vehicles, so the community has been asking about this for a while now.

From issue #132

Canada and Norway will be the next ones in receiving the FSD beta

Good news for Tesla owners in Norway and Canada since, according to Elon Musk on Twitter, they will be the next ones in receiving the FSD beta after the US goes out of the early beta phase. Nice!

From issue #136

Cars with AP2.5 will be able to upgrade to AP3 and get the FSD Subscription

The FSD Subscription is supposed to land sometime in May and Elon just confirmed on Twitter that cars with AP2.5 will be able to subscribe and get the retrofit to AP3. What he didn’t mention is if there will be some type of minimum subscription required. We should know soon!

From issue #161

Details about Model Y

Unannounced details about the upcoming Model Y from a little birdie:

  • AWD only
  • $35-$40k base price
  • 250+ mile base model
  • Autopilot HW 3.5 (with the possibility of a Tesla-designed Radar system, more cameras than current AP, no LIDAR)
  • L4 FSD-ready from launch

Still some risk these change, but apparently these are the engineering targets.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #41

Early FSD drives 2020.40.8.11

By the time you read this you’ll probably have watched a bunch of FSD videos but here are my favorite ones so far (apart from the ones I already shared last week):

From issue #135

Elon answers questions about FSD beta updates

Once more, not only Tesla but Elon Musk himself is listeting to what participants of the FSD beta are sharing after experiencing the beta and he’s highly engaged answering questions.

  • Builts being rolled out every 5-10 days
  • Focus is on minimizing number of interventions
From issue #136

Elon Musk: Starting May 1st, the price of the FSD option will increase

As Tesla starts delivering FSD features - hopefully this will start soon - they have the plan to increase the price of the software package. We are looking forward to see what thew show in their webcast on Monday.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #55

Elon Musk: The Recode interview

Kara Swisher from Recode Decode did an awesome interview to Elon. He talks about everything from Tesla’s close to death earlier this year, to what is down the pipe for Tesla, to rockets, Mars, and others. A few Tesla related highlights:

  • NoA comes to a halt at the intersection after the off-ramp. I didn’t know about it until I listed to this podcast.
  • Tesla is now integrating stop signs, traffic lights, hard right turns, or hairpin bends.
  • Elon Musk thinks Tesla would archive full self-driving in 2019 and no other competitor is close to it, although it also seems like he doesn’t worry much about competitors.
  • The future Tesla pickup truck is going to be a really futuristic-like cyberpunk, “Blade Runner”, pickup truck. Elon is really excited about it.

Listen to the interview: Recode Decode

From issue #32

First look at the FSD Beta

As promised, the FSD Beta arrived yesterday night to the cars of some lucky Tesla owners. In this fun video, @tesla_raj and John from @teslaownerssv recorded their first impressions. Musk hasn’t even waited for 24h to share that the price of FSD is going up. Next Monday, the FSD price will go up by $2,000. Finally, here’s a recap where you can see a few more videos as well as the recap. Enjoy!

From issue #134

FSB Beta is getting more exposure and soon it'll be possible to download the Beta from your car

This past week Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla’s FSD Beta is maturing and thus it’s going to get to more and more cars. Some clubs have been collecting requests for owners to get access to it, and demand has been so high that Tesla has decided to add a ‘Download Beta’ button in the Service section of the car display by the end of next week. On tapping the button, the user would have to agree with some legal stuff, but after that, the car will download the latest FSD Beta as soon as it connects to WiFi. Woot?!

From issue #154

FSD Beta 8.1 - 2020.48.35.7

I like the enlarged display and having the night mode, it is much easier to see the FSD visualization this way.

From issue #150

FSD Beta 8.2 - Left unprotected turns with drone 3rd person view

Software version 2021.4.11.1. Nice idea giving the point of view of the drone 👏👏👏

From issue #155

FSD Beta 8.2 in busy San Francisco

Another great viedeo by AI DRIVR where we can see an extremely impressive display of “real” driving.

From issue #164

FSD Beta drive in downtown Ann Arbor

Great video by DirtyTesla driving FSD Beta in downtown Ann Arbor. FSD Beta sees things before the driver does, handles lots of vehicles and pedestrians, and does well even on narrow streets (or narrow for US standards anyway). Still lots of room for improvement at roundabouts and turns, and as expected it requires quite a few interventions. I really like how it handles traffic lights and the little details like showing in the screen that it’s checking for traffic when turning right on a red light!

From issue #139

FSD Beta drive without disengagements

Version 2020.44.10.2. No disengagements in this video by @teslaownerssv but some speed adjustments. Interesting reactions of FSD in some situations like in minute 4:23 (similar to what I would have done!).

From issue #139

FSD Beta ducking into open parking spaces to allow opposing traffic to go by

FSD Beta is getting better and better. Check out this video by @kimpaquette of her Model 3 ducking into open parking spaces to allow opposing traffic to go by. Yay, Joules 👏

From issue #143

FSD Beta going to vision only in V9

More than 100 stalls coming to Harris Ranch. It currently has 13 stalls and this change will make this Supercharger the world’s largest one. Is it me or every couple of months or so we get a new world largest Supercharger now?
We are already in April, and that means that FSD Beta V9 should be released soon. According to Elon, it’s ‘Almost ready’. In this version, one of the main changes introduced is shifting to vision only and stop using the radar. In another tweet, Elon mentioned how when vision is good enough the radar doesn’t add signal, and the complexity of integrating it is too big for it to be worthy.

From issue #159

FSD Beta going wide very soon

In reply to @dburkland on Twitter, Elon Musk shared that Tesla’s FSD Beta might be going to a wider audience in two weeks.

I know that multiple Tesla employees receive this letter, maybe you can help us to be on the list of testers, pretty please!?!?! 🙏

From issue #140

FSD Beta has now been expanded to ~2000 owners

Elon just tweeted a few days ago that the FSD Beta has now been expanded to more drivers, and they have also removed folks who weren’t paying attention from the EAP. I hope this doesn’t mean the ‘Download Beta’ button won’t be there for the rest… we will see in a couple of days, I guess.

From issue #155

FSD Beta on city streets

An extract of the podcast that I mentioned above. It’s really interesting to hear how they collect and analyze the data that we, the drivers, provide, even not in AP.

From issue #157

FSD Beta on Lombard street (Part 2)

One month and five updates later, FSD Beta handles Lombard street- the windiest street in San Francisco- way better than it did the first time Tesla Raj drove his Model 3 down the San Francisco landmark. Watch FSD Beta go from top to bottom of Lombard St. without interventions and without speed or turn issues! Definitely a lot of progress in such a short period of time.

From issue #143

FSD Beta v9 mind of car visualization

Cool to see how Tesla is trying to communicate to us, the drivers, what the car sees and how confident it is on that. In Elon’s words, “Brightness/translucency indicates the confidence of neural net in predicting any given object.” “Acid test is being able to assess with quick glance at the screen if a car fully understands the environment.”

From issue #172

FSD Beta v9.1 coming on Friday at midnight

That is all, prepare yourself for another round of great videos showcasing it. FYI, Tesla, if you are there, I volunteer to test the FSD Beta, just let me know 😉

From issue #174

FSD Computer Now $1,000 upgrade instead of $1,500

For those of you who don’t have HW3 and are considering the FSD subscription, the upgrade costs now $1k instead of $1.5k.

From issue #174

FSD follows navigation and completes a roundabout (UK) 📹

Check out minute 10.05 to see how Autopilot with firmware version 2020.16.3.1 handles a roundabout and follows indications to exit it all by itself. This AP version still doesn’t stop at stop signs and traffic lights. Just amazing. FSD is certainly not fully functional yet (same AP aborts entering a roundabout towards the end of the video), but seeing things like this makes me believe. PS. Lorry = truck 🚚

See more: YouTube

From issue #116

FSD looking good

OP had the opportunity to talk with a mobile technician and shared some exciting news about FSD. “Everything is working well at this point (stop signs, street lights, left turns, right turns, etc.) The only consistent bug he has had is “valet mode”, where the car will drop off the occupants and find its own parking spot. (…) It had some issues coming back (refused to saying obstacle detected).”

We aren’t sure about how much of this is reality vs. what is not but we can’t help but getting excited!

Read more: Reddit

From issue #41

FSD may be offered as a monthly subscription

It’s not the first time that we hear about FSD potentially being offered as a monthly subscription (vs. paying for it before or after purchasing the vehicle). Just a few days ago, Elon confirmed on Twitter that a FSD “monthly rental” will be available sometime next year.

From issue #135

FSD package price increasing (again)

According to Elon, the price of the FSD package is going up another $1k on August 16th. He also mentioned that if you - like us - have purchased EAP before, you should get a $3k discount - that is how much we paid for it - on the FSD price.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #68

FSD price increase postponed

Directly from Elon “Price increase for Tesla FSD postponed until version 10 with Smart Summon is in wide release, which is about 4 to 8 weeks away, depending on how early access goes”.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #73

FSD retrofits and timelines

We’ve been waiting to get the FSD upgrade for a while (Model S, Dec 2017). Tesla recently released a support page that throws some light to frequently asked questions such as, ‘when’s my FSD upgrade going to be available?’.

Also, a very cool video on the enhanced Driving Visualizations that come with FSD.

Read more: Tesla

From issue #104

FSD Subscription and Beta this week?

We send this newsletter on Thursday, maybe we will still see the FSD Subscription and Beta this week? Maybe not? Let’s hope we see it soon 😊

From issue #170

FSD subscription coming early 2021

We don’t know how it will look like and how much it will cost, but we do know that Tesla is planning on making FSD available through a subscription in early 2021. It has now been confirmed by Elon Musk on Twitter.

From issue #143

FSD Subscription is here

I’ve been waiting for the FSD Subscription since I got my new Model Y in March and here it is, finally!

  • $199/month for those with only basic Autopilot
  • $99/month for those with Enhanced Autopilot

If your car needs to update to HW3, you are going to need to pay $1,500 before you can subscribe. Similarly, if you don’t have basic Autopilot, you are going to need to buy that as well.

Does it make more sense to subscribe or to fully buy FSD for $10k? The answer to this question is very personal. For how long do you plan to keep your car? Do you value the flexibility to stop paying depending on your plans? At the current price, paying for the subscription for 4 years and 3 months would equal the cost of paying it in full in advance. If you need to upgrade your hardware, I would say it is better to pay $10k and get the upgrade. If you have Enhanced on Autopilot, stoplight and stop sign control aren’t worth $99/month in my opinion.

Note: The FSD Subscription doesn’t include the FSD Beta (at least for now).

From issue #173

FSD subscription will be available later this year

Earlier this week, Greentheonly shared on Twitter that there’s code for a ‘pay as you go’ subscription plan type in Tesla’s source code and it has been there for a while. Taking into account that FSD’s current price is $7,000 when purchased with a new vehicle, a ‘pay as you go’ model could certainly help Tesla’s FSD to become mainstream when the right time arrives. Just yesterday at the earnings call, Elon confirmed that FSD will be available as a subscription later this year.

From issue #109

FSD Subscription will cost less for those with EAP

This Reddit user discovered new messages that, potentially, will power the future subscription page. In it we can see that the FSD subscription will cost less if you have EAP, I guess it just makes sense since the features that you get from subscribing if you already have EAP are not as many as if you have basic AP.

From issue #169

FSD upgrade complete with MCU1

There’s been a lot of speculation around if it’d be possible to upgrade cars with MCU1 to FSD (HW3). Well, we’re now seeing the first Tesla with MCU1 being upgraded to Hardware 3 both in the US and Canada. A few highlights from the stories we’ve read here and here:

  • The hardware part takes about one hour
  • The software update is trickier, it needs involvement from engineering, and it can take between 2-4 hours

In terms of functionality:

  • No cones or street markings on the IC display (MCU2 is needed)
  • TeslaCam and SentryMode recording works (Dashcam Viewer does not)
  • Only front and repeater cameras record - no recording from the rear camera. This is the same as with HW2.5

We hope to get the upgrade in the next few weeks, we’re currently waiting for some missing parts to arrive in our Service Center 🤞

From issue #114

FSD upgrade in AP2 cars

A few months ago, there was some speculation around if Tesla cars with AP2.0 would be able to upgrade to FSD or not. The answer is yes, and it can be done right now if you’re also getting the MCU2 retrofit. Reddit user ‘chillaban’ has shared his experience so you can read more about it here. If you’ve purchased FSD and are waiting for the Infotainment upgrade to be available, know that you can just schedule an appointment and request it. Most likely, you’ll get an appointment to get both done at the same time.

Read more: Reddit


From issue #113

FSD upgrade price being grandfathered?

It seems that some Tesla owners who have purchased the FSD package after its price has been raised to $5,000 (previously $4,000) have been returned the difference without having requested it. We don’t know if this is something that is happening to everyone or if Tesla will continue doing it, but it’s nice that they are grandfathering the original price to at least some existing customers.

Read more: TMC Forum

From issue #31

FSD+MCU1 displays stop signs and stoplights 📷

FSD with MCU1 doesn’t display cones or trash cans but it does display stop signs and stoplights. I personally didn’t know that, I thought it would stop at stop signs and traffic lights but just not display the icons in my MCU1 screen. Good to know, and thanks for sharing Zack! I’m next! I got the FSD retrofit in my Model S 2017 with AP2.5 and MCU1 on Tuesday and I almost cried when I saw my first stop sign 😉

Read more: Twitter

From issue #115

Full Self-Driving capability goes from $3,000 to $5,000 if purchased after delivery

FSD used to cost $3,000 and it will now cost $5,000 if purchased after delivery. In addition to that, the ‘Enhanced Autopilot’ package, which is required to get the FSD, has also gone from $5,000 to $6,000 if bought later on through and OTA update.

Read more: Electrek

From issue #15

Full Self-Driving Demo

After the presentation at the Autonomy Day, Tesla offered rides to all investors to experience the FSD first hand. It was a pre-determined route, and sadly they didn’t allow recordings, but they released a video. After the ride, a few investors shared their excitement on Twitter:

“Parking lot to city streets, to freeway, to city streets back to parking lot, ~10 mile drive, 100% autonomous” - Hamid Shojaee

“It can totally drive the roads. Everything. Stop signs. Lights. Bikers. Etc. you can’t curate real life driving” - Ross Gerber

From issue #56

Full Self-Driving Video

i1Tesla took the FSD video and slowed it down to see all the cool stuff on it. We wish Karen a prompt recovery, positive thoughts for you two!

From issue #58

Full-Self Driving beta on Lombard Street in San Francisco

What happens when FSD attempts the windiest street in the world? What happens when @tesla_raj and @minimalduck collaborate together? We get to watch great videos like this one!

From issue #136

Hacked Tesla FSD - Tesla Autonomy Day to San Mateo

Thanks to greentheonly, who gave the instructions, someone in the Bay Area has been able to enable a bunch of internal flags to make a normal Tesla run stock firmware capable of reproducing the FSD Tesla autonomy demo. In the video, you can see that the driver disables AP because ULC was disabled in that particular version and the turning of the car was limited. In the words of greentheonly, “Almost everything that was shown on Autonomy Day is there in regular firmware, sometimes disabled”.

From issue #63

Hardware 3 FSD test program

Tesla is asking for more employees to sign up for their Full self-driving test program. They are trying to get as many employees as possible with their HW3 running their alpha versions of the FSD software. We aren’t Tesla employees but Elon if you are listening we would love to test it for you!

Read more: Reddit

From issue #40

How does FSD Beta respond to bad weathe

Although the screen showed a message saying that Navigate on Autopilot was unavailable, it worked and didn’t do bad at all. The video is narrated in both English and Spanish.

From issue #173

HW3 retrofit will be possible with MCU1

You may have heard rumors that the Hardware 3 (FSD) retrofit is not going to be possible without MCU2. According to Bonnie Norman- well known for having reliable sources at Tesla- the rumors are not true. She has confirmed with Tesla that it is going to be possible. It’s just not available at the moment.

We’ve been in touch with our Service Center and they told us they’re prioritizing Hardware 3 (FSD) + MCU2 upgrade at the moment. No dates shared for Hardware 3 (FSD) +MCU1 yet.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #101

Impressive night ride with FSD Beta 8.2

FSD Beta is getting crazy good, watch this video in Chesnut St, in San Francisco.

From issue #155

Inside Tesla’s neural processor in the FSD chip

Pretty technical article but a good write-up. If you like this kind of stuff, check it out.

Read more: Reddit

From issue #78

Is there a trick to activate the auto park?

It seems like some Tesla drivers are having problems with the auto park. We’ve seen ourselves the auto park appears at intersections which is kind of weird. As pointed out by some Tesla drivers, one of the secrets is to drive slow and pull way past. That made the trick for us too!

Read more: Reddit

From issue #6

Limited FSD beta releasing on Tuesday next week

At first, this will be limited to a limited number of people. I believe not everyone from the Early Access Program will have access, unclear who will get it. Can it please send it to my car?🤞

From issue #133

Making aggressive, human-like maneuvers in complex traffic situations

This is FSD Beta version 2020.44.15.3. Impressive how the car gets out of the parking lot by itself. An incredible human-like right turn (also illegal 😬) after AP realizes it’s on the incorrect lane. This update also seems to be improving the way Autopilot reacts to pedestrians, stopping at, and giving them plenty of room and time.

From issue #140

Many levers to change the FSD features

Greentheonly - as always - found a menu with a bunch of settings to tweak the FSD experience. Just reading the options would take several minutes. It’s kind of cool to see what can be adjusted, maybe one day Tesla will expose some advanced settings to the drivers 😉

From issue #141

MCU1 to MCU2 upgrade is here

The Infotainment upgrade for owners with MCU1 is finally available. We have so many questions… should we pay for the upgrade? When can we get it? Is it required for the Hardware 3 (FSD) upgrade? We have shared everything we know in this article.

Read more: Tesletter

From issue #101

More about the Autopilot rewrite

This week Elon shared more about the FSD computer and the Autopilot rewrite they’ve been talking about for a while now: “Tesla FSD computer’s dual SoCs function like twin engines on planes — they each run different neural nets, so we do get full use of 144 TOPS, but there are enough nets running on each to allow the car to drive to safety if one SoC (or engine in this analogy) fails.”

From issue #133

More FSD Beta videos [2020.40.8.12]

A new recap of short FSD Beta videos running the latest update 2020.40.8.12:

  • Roundabout testing. Still not perfect but doing a pretty good job, all things considered!
  • Avoiding road debris. I feel like FSD is definitely getting better at avoiding objects in the middle of the road. What do you think?
  • Charging port open & close FSD beta new UI. The new UI changes coming with the FSD beta make the user experience more intuitive, for example, when opening and closing the charging port.
From issue #136

MS & MX with Hardware 3 for Full Self-Driving, now in production

Teslarati was able to see inventory cars with HW3 inspecting the options from Tesla’s web page.

Read more: Teslarati

From issue #52

New FSD Beta rendering coming

According to Elon, the new visuals will represent the NN probability space better. Neural Networks produce a set of probabilities when they do detection (e.g. car 95%, pedestrian 30%). I wonder how Tesla is planning to render this for the end-user, any ideas?

From issue #160

New Tesla patent for 'Generating ground truth for machine learning from time series elements'

Tesla strives to achieve Level 5 of autonomy, therefore it is very important to correctly develop all the processes and methods that, as a result, will help the company achieve its goal. This new patent discloses a machine learning training technique for generating highly accurate machine learning results and it gets Tesla one step closer to their goal.

From issue #135

News on HW2 to HW3 retrofits

Greentheonly has discovered there’s been some recent progress in the HW2 to HW3 retrofit, which makes us think it’s actually going to happen. According to him, it’s probably going to be a degraded experience compared to the HW2.5 to HW3 retrofit, and looking at the changes in the latest firmware versions, it seems they don’t plan on changing the radar or the steering rack.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #97

No button, at least for now

According to Elon, given the fundamental changes in the FSD Beta that are currently underway, there isn’t much point in more testing of the 8.X version, he expects to deliver v9 in April and add the ‘Download FSD Beta’ button then.

From issue #156

On the road to full autonomy with Elon Musk

ARK talks about FSD with Elon Musk. Elon shares his insights about Tesla’s autonomous strategy, and the timeline of how the process is laid out.

Read more: ARK Invest

From issue #47

People who took delivery of their Tesla in January 2019 and purchased EAP are getting FSD for free

Tesla said this a while ago but just now owners (thanks DirtyTesla) are reporting it showing up in their Tesla accounts.

Read more: Reddit

From issue #74

Preparation for FSD with MCU1 and actual stopping at stop signs coming

According to Greentheonly, the latest update 2020.12 is basically the same as 2020.8.1 but it introduces two important changes:

  • Preparation for cars with MCU1 to be able to be upgraded to FSD
  • What seem to be preparations to enable actual stopping for stop signs/traffic lights

Read more: Twitter

From issue #103

Release notes FSD Beta v9

FSD Beta v9 is finally here, this is the result of months of work where the AP team transitioned the system to Pure Vision (they stopped using the signal from the front-facing radar), improved visualizations showing additional surrounding information, and activates the cabin camera for them.

From issue #172

Rumors of speed limit changes in an upcoming software update

As you probably remember AP on backroads and non-divided roads used to allow the driver to the next speed to +5 mph the speed limit. When Tesla introduced the Stop Sign and Traffic Light Control, they changed it so you couldn’t make it past the speed limit. Well, according to our friends at Teslascope, the +5 mph speed limit will be back in our cars very soon.

From issue #119

San Francisco to Los Angeles with no interventions

Omar from Whole Mars Catalog just did a trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles with no interventions other than charging the car at a couple of superchargers. Really cool!

From issue #145

Seamless flow of car alerts highlighted in the app and ready to be addressed

Tesla keeps adding convenience when it comes down to warn owners about problems with their car and scheduling service. This one is a clear example of it. This Reddit user u/TMahlman/ got a system fault alert on his car and when he opened the mobile app, it was right there at the top ready for him to address without any action on his part. It’s also the first time that I’ve seen this flow of car alert + highlighting in the app.

From issue #141

Smart Parking in 'a month or two'

We just got the first version of Smart Summon, and people are already asking for the next thing. According to Elon, Smart Parking could drop in a couple of months for all cars that purchased EAP or FSD, although as he said: “it may be a little silly at first.”

I think that Elon is always really ambitious, but, as folks test Smart Summon, Tesla is gathering a lot of data about parking lots, curbs, and others; which is going to give them an advantage in implementing Smart Parking.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #80

Speed limit recognition worldwide and roundabout support

Greentheonly was able to find new assets that hint at speed limit recognition coming to our Teslas. According to Green, we should expect this worldwide soon.

Check the Twitter thread to see the renders, interestingly some Tesla owners in the thread are claiming roundabouts being recognized as traffic signs and, in fact, check out the video below to see how FSD with 2020.16.3.1 handles entering an exiting a roundabout all by itself!

Read more: Twitter

From issue #116

Stop sign and traffic light stopping mode mass rollout is coming!

Elon Musk recently shared on Twitter that stop sign and traffic light stopping mode are coming soon to the US and a worldwide release will probably happen in Q3. E-X-C-I-T-E-D!

From issue #106

Tesla Autopark will be a bit silly at first

Tesla is working on Autopark, which will allow you to drive to the door of a store and your Tesla will go find a parking spot and park itself. In the spirit of iterating the feature in the real world, it seems like Tesla is planning to release a first version that, while safe, could sometimes park in silly places that aren’t actual parking spaces.

Given the experience with Smart Summon- people used it 500,000 times in the first few days and Tesla used that to improve it right after- releasing and iterating seems the right thing to do as long as using the feature is safe.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #81

Tesla Autopilot’s stop sign, traffic light recognition and response is operating in ‘Shadow Mode’

We’ve known for a while- thanks to greentheonly - that the current firmware includes stop sign and traffic light detection and reaction but it comes in disabled. Now, in the information released by Tesla about their Q2, we can read the following:

“We are making progress towards stopping at stop signs and traffic lights. This feature is currently operating in ‘shadow mode’ in the fleet, which compares our software algorithm to real-world driver behavior across tens of millions of instances around the world.”

Read more: Teslarati

From issue #70

Tesla could have to offer computer retrofits to all AP 2.0 and 2.5 cars

Several comments made by CEO Elon Musk since the launch of its AP 2.0 hardware suite in all Tesla vehicles made since October 2016 indicate that the company might have to update its onboard computer in order to achieve the fully self-driving capability that it has been promising to customers.

Now it looks like Tesla might have to also offer computer retrofits for AP 2.5 cars.

Read more: Electrek.com

From issue #7

Tesla data leak

Bad news for folks that did the FSD upgrade, MCU2 retrofit, MCU1 EMMC fix, or any other fix requiring computer swap. According to @greentheonly, Tesla doesn’t erase personal data so consider all accounts that you logged in your Tesla compromised and change your passwords ASAP. Tesla has said they’ll reach out to affected customers to inform about this.

From issue #110

Tesla EAP price will keep increasing

This isn’t new information but, according to recent tweets from Elon, he expects the price of FSD to climb every 2 to 4 months depending on how much progress Tesla makes.

BTW, he also mentioned that early FSD buyers will get into the early access list and in general any FSD buyer will get priority in the upload queue.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #72

Tesla engineering car picture leaked

In the picture we can see the three frontal cameras as well as menu options for Full Sell Driving, Augmented Vision, and Autopilot Control.

Read more: TMC Forums

From issue #3

Tesla FSD option cost rises by ~$1,000 worldwide on July 1st

Elon Musk himself announced it on Twitter earlier this week. So if you’re thinking about getting FSD, hurry up, you still have a few more weeks before its price increases. In the following tweet, Elon estimated that the value of FSD, once is fully autonomous and approved by regulators, will be closer to $100k. Would you pay $100k for your personal chauffeur?

Read more: Twitter


From issue #112

Tesla FSD stress-tested in Berkeley, California

Berkeley is a city with a lot of weird intersections (I have been able to experience them myself) so it’s a good place to challenge Tesla’s FSD (Beta 10) 😁 As a friend of mine told me, looking at the video, and being familiar with the locations shown, it does feel like FSD can be trusted. Nice progress!

From issue #148

Tesla is already testing traffic lights, stop signs & roundabouts

According to Elon’s tweet your Tesla will soon be able to go from your garage at home to parking at work with no driver input at all. Hard to believe, but they’re already testing traffic lights, stop signs and roundabouts in development software.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #37

Tesla is increasing (again) the price of FSD on May 1st

As we shared a few weeks ago and Elon re-iterated yesterday on Twitter, the price of FSD is expected to go up ~$1k on May 1st. If you still haven’t purchased FSD and you feel like you are going to miss out and regret not buying it now at $5k, hurry up and get it before May 1st.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #56

Tesla is now giving trials of the FSD

Tesla used to give trials of the EAP but it was unclear what was going to happen after they re-defined the packages to AP and FSD. Well, it seems like they just started giving trials of the FSD features (Auto Lane Change, NoA, and Summon) right now.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #57

Tesla partners with Samsung on new 5nm chip for FSD, report says

When Tesla announced their FSD Chip almost two years ago they already mentioned they were working on its next generation. This week, Electrek has published rumors of Tesla partnering with Samsung to produce that chip with Samsung. Samsung is the current producer of the FSD Chip for Tesla. As discussed yesterday during the earnings call, the new chip is three times as powerful as the current chip and it will open the door to introduce HD resolution cameras.

From issue #148

Tesla Q2 Earnings Call

In yesterday’s Q2 update, Tesla beat the estimates and reported the fourth straight quarter of profits. Elon said he’s never been as excited about Tesla and its future as he is now, and we couldn’t agree more. Here’s a quick summary of the call:

  • Confirmed the next Gigafactory in Texas, near Austin. It’ll be the biggest one yet and Elon described it as “an ecological paradise” which will be open to the public.

  • Solar prices adjusted

  • FSD updates

    • “It’s getting to the point where I can get to work from home with almost no interventions.”
    • “FSD will be the largest financial step-change in history, overnight.”
    • The biggest transition in the FSD computer is going from 2D (image recognition) to 4D (video recognition).
  • Hints on Tesla making a compact vehicle as well as a high capacity one, but there’s still a long way to go before it happens

  • Tesla App Store coming

  • Tesla’s insurance telematics product will be available in California and a handful of other states by the end of the year

  • Berlin will have local cell production to serve their needs

Here are some great notes by @dburkland on Twitter. Thank you, Dan!

From issue #121

Tesla reveals new self-driving Autopilot hardware 3.0 computer diagram ahead of launch

A source told Electrek that Tesla updated the Model 3 wiring diagrams in its internal service documentation on January 9th to include the new Autopilot 3.0 computer as the new standard ECU in Model 3.

An interesting new piece of information is that in the diagram we can see how the chip has connectors for a second radar although current models only have mounted a forward facing radar.

Read more: Electrek

From issue #43

Tesla shuffles the EAP and FSD definitions around

Tesla just changed the definitions going forward but announced that customers who already purchased EAP will still get those features even though now are only included in the FSD package. Thanks Troy Teslike for the visualziation

See more: Tesla

From issue #49

Tesla to offer the option to have expanded visualization or not

New Expanded FSD Visualization toggle in 2020.44.10.2. It widens the visualization when FSD is active. Check out the video to see how it looks like (second 34").

From issue #138

Tesla will increase the price of the FSD package on November 1st

Elon postponed the increase until they released Smart Summon, now Smart Summon is here and he announced that Tesla will raise the price of the FSD package by $1,000 on November 1st. Elon clarified on Twitter that the price in Europe won’t increase until they are able to deliver some of the new features, hopefully, this means they are working with the regulator and he sees a viable path for it. Remember, Elon has said many times that as they release features that are part of the FSD package the price will keep on increasing.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #81

Tesla's FSD Beta downtown driving in 360

Nice video by DirtyTesla testing a new mount that allows for him to show us around the car when needed.

From issue #169

Tesla's FSD Beta v9

FSD Beta v9 was released last Saturday. Here’s a great circuit testing by DirtyTesla.

From issue #172

Tesla’s new HW3 Self-Driving computer — It’s a beast

CleanTechnica made an in-depth review of the new Tesla FSD processor. Tesla decided to design this processor in house and make it solve one problem (matrix multiplications) really well.

Read more: CleanTechnica

From issue #65

The Button is pushed to May, FSD subscription expected the same month

Just yesterday, Elon shared that the Autopilot team is trying to get the probability of no injury above 99.999999% of miles for city driving and that he expects the famous ‘Download Button’ to drop next month along with the FSD Subscription. I wonder if this will be V9 or if that is going to get to testers before then.

From issue #159

The next big FSD release may arrive in 6 to 10 weeks for Early Access

Elon Musk said he’s already driving the bleeding-edge Alpha version of FSD in his car and, in his own words, it’s almost at zero interventions between home and work. Elon mentioned this will be available to folks in Early Access in just a few weeks… in Elon’s Time™.

From issue #125

The next FSD update includes updates on NN to surround video

Tesla is working on updating all Neural Networks to surround video using subnets on focal areas which are delaying a new FSD Beta update. In exchange, “This is evolving into solving a big part of physical world AI."- said Elon Musk. A totally worth tradeoff!

From issue #153

Time-lapse of a FSD upgrade by Tesla Mobile Service 📹

Cool time-lapse of a FSD upgrade performed in the customer’s driveway in just a little over an hour. You can’t really see much in the video since it’s recorded from the outside but time-lapses are cool and it’s great to know Tesla’s Mobile Service is doing this so a) the upgrade can be done these days b) you don’t need to wait a whole day to get your Tesla back.

From issue #114

TOSV founder talks about the latest FSD update

Our good friend John from Tesla Owners Silicon Valley was featured in an article talking about the club and the latest FSD Beta update. John has been one of the few people who have publicly been testing the FSD Beta and has put a bunch of videos out there to show the rest of us what the beta is capable of.

From issue #151

Traffic light and stop sign control coming to EU

Good news for Tesla owners in Europe. Tesla has contacted folks who are part of the Early Access Program announcing they will soon push the 2020.28.10 update which contains the much-awaited Traffic and Stop Sign Detection new feature. This feature will only be available in cars with FSD (Hardware 3 retrofits have already started in Europe as well).

From issue #121

Transitioning to Tesla Vision

We knew Tesla was ditching radar in their rewrite of FSD Beta but we didn’t anticipate them removing it from cars as early as this month. In this support article, Tesla announced “Beginning with deliveries in May 2021, Model 3 and Model Y vehicles built for the North American market will no longer be equipped with radar. Instead, these will be the first Tesla vehicles to rely on camera vision and neural net processing to deliver Autopilot”.

The downside? New cars will have a limited version of AP at first, Autosteer will be limited to a maximum speed of 75 mph, and Smart Summon and Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance may be disabled at delivery.

From issue #165

Update on FSD at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai 📹

Last week, Elon Musk participated in the WAIC in Shanghai and shared an update on Tesla’s AI and FSD. Specifically, he said Tesla has no fundamental challenges remaining for Level 5 autonomy and it’s just many small problems that need to be solved: “I feel like we are very close to level 5 autonomy. We will have the basic functionality for level 5 autonomy complete this year”. You’ve heard the man! Level 5 should allow the driver to stay hands-free most or all of the time.

From issue #120

Upgrading to FSD is now only $3,000 (if you had previously purchased EAP)

Elon mentioned it on Twitter a couple of weeks ago and it’s now official. If you had purchased Enhanced Autopilot, upgrading to Full Self-Driving is now $3,000. Or what it is the same $3,000 less than the current price of FSD ($3,000 happened to be the price of EAP if you got it when purchasing the car).

Expect this price to go up as FSD goes up, for instance, when FSD goes up to $7,000 in mid August, the upgrade from EAP will most likely be increased to $4,000.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #70

V9 FSD Beta Release?

According to Elon probably in a week or so!

From issue #162

V9 FSD Beta will come with new FSD visuals

We already knew about this, but Elon confirmed it again on Twitter. The new UI will “show actual probability distribution of objects – true mind’s eye of the neural net”. I wonder how this would look like, I believe the more that we know what the car is recognizing the more that we will be able to supervise the car, but it might be that at a certain point it is too much, at least for some. I’m excited to discover what Tesla came up with.
CGI, OMG!

From issue #162

v9 is now detecting brake lights from other cars

It is great to see v9 detecting and showing more and more details. In response to this video, this is what Elon said: “It will soon capture turn signals, hazards, ambulance/police lights & even hand gestures”.

From issue #172

Version 9 software update is coming in August with first ‘full self-driving features’

Tesla’s next major software update ‘version 9.0’ is now set for a release in August and it will include the first ‘full self-driving features’ for Autopilot 2.0 vehicles, says CEO Elon Musk.

Read more: Electrek

From issue #12

Video of Autopilot avoiding a semi tire on the road

Check out this video of Autopilot taking over to avoid a semi tire on the road. The owner says AP took over ‘a split second’ before he reacted. In case you’re wondering, this is a Model 3 without FSD and Autopilot was engaged.

From issue #122

Walnut Creek, CA through the eyes of FSD BETA

The refreshed Model S isn’t that different on the outside, but the inside has completely being reimagined. This article goes Another great video by AI DRIVR, this time showing us Walnut Creek (we live really close by!) through the eyes of FSD. I love the creativity of overlaying the FSD visuals in the video.
all the differences, take a look!

From issue #161

What does the Autopilot rewrite really mean?

Interesting thread about the FSD rewrite. The main thing is without the rewrite, FSD cannot take unprotected turns in an intersection because it cannot build an accurate representation of the layout. Karpathy shared all about it earlier this year, I’m re-sharing the video here in case you missed it.

From issue #134

What unreleased FSD Autopilot sees

Tesla and Elon Musk are being pretty aggressive recruiting people for their AI team. To the point that it seems they’re even publishing unreleased FSD footage on their website.

Read more: Tesla

From issue #97

What's in Tesla's software update 2019.40.50.1

2019.40.50.1 dropped just on time for Christmas Eve and it comes with a bunch of new stuff:

  • Driving visualization improvements (HW3 only)
  • Voice commands
  • Read and respond to text messages using the right scroll wheel button
  • Camp Mode
  • Voice Keyboard
  • TRAX v0.1
  • and more

Read more: Tesletter

From issue #91

Workshop on Scalability in Autonomous Driving by Andrej Karpathy 📹

Mostly a rehash of stuff from the last talk he gave in February, but there’s some new details about speed limit signs that starts at 11:00 and also some impressive demos of the birds-eye view predictor handling complex intersections and lane lines at 19:45.

See more: YouTube

From issue #117