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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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
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
I love the 360 setups for FSD videos.From issue #240
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
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
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
Greentheonly drove 600 miles using version 11.4.3 in Elon mode and shared his impressions. With Elon mode enabled, the car’s nag feature is disabled, and braking is gentler. Given that he didn’t have to constantly monitor the car, he was more forgiving of the differences between the car’s driving behavior and his own, making the experience much less annoying for him.From issue #272
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
Tesla is taking seriously enforcing proper usage of FSD Beta, and for that, they have implemented a system that, after some forced disengagements, will suspend drivers from using the FSD Beta. In the new version, the number of strikes got increased from 3 to 5, and any previous strikes were forgotten. Also, the new version now shows the counter in the Autopilot menu, under the FSD Beta button.From issue #198
The rumor is that Tesla is working on their very own App Store, I can’t wait to see what developers would do with something like that.From issue #207
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
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
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: TwitterFrom issue #53
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
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
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.
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 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: TwitterFrom issue #117
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: RedditFrom issue #98
Ashok, Director of Autopilot at Tesla for over three years now, seems to have taken over at presenting at conferences from Andrej. In this keynote, Ashok talks about many things, including Occupancy Networks, which is Tesla’s solution to predicting free space on the road. Really interesting!From issue #230
And hopefully, if everything goes well with the limited release, they will do a point release (10.12.1) and broaden the release.From issue #216
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
If you have a safety score above 80 and more than 100 miles in the last 30 days, you should have gotten the latest version of FSD by now. If this is like previous rollouts, you needed to have those by the time they extended the release. If you didn’t have those two, chances are that in a new release you will be included.From issue #234
According to Elon, the ‘Beta Button’ will request permission to assess driving behavior using the Tesla insurance calculator, and only if the driving behavior is good for 7 days after you allow Tesla to monitor your driving activity, access to the FSD Beta will be granted.From issue #182
Our favorite Tesla hacker, Greentheonly, mentioned that despite the version number only increasing by .1. there are substantial differences in the new beta. There seems to be a new auto wiper version (v4), AEB for cut-in traffic, and the FSD Beta suspension was reduced to one week for two weeks before.From issue #269
We love FSD Beta videos, here’s two more from last week:
- Model 3, version 2020.44.10.2. Watch it handle bikes, speeders, and construction like a champ!
- Model 3, version 2020.40.8.13. A trip from Redwood City to Santa Cruz (California) on HWY17 without interventions!! 🤯
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
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
Great comparison by DirtyTesla. After watching the video, I need to give chill a try.From issue #208
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: TwitterFrom issue #41
In Dirty Tesla’s first FSD Beta 11.3.1 test drive, he explores various road types, including dirt roads, and highways, and navigates exits and roundabouts. While the beta version performs well in most scenarios, it still has some issues, such as inaccuracies in speed limits, not stopping at stop signs and yellow lights, and awkward lane transitions. One addition in this version is lane change notifications, as well as an option to activate minimal lane changes during the current drive.From issue #258
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):
- FSD in action followed recorded by a drone, pretty cool. Gives a different perspective and you can clearly see what works and what doesn’t (yet)
- FSD yielding for oncoming traffic then crossed the centerline to go
- This thread contains videos of FSD handling turns on city streets, speed bumps, roundabouts, and more!
- FSD 360° view, you can (and you should) move the image around while watching
- Keep an eye on this one since he plans to retake the loop as FSD 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
Elon Musk stated on Twitter that he test-drove FSD version 11.3 through San Francisco and Los Angeles, and he believes it is very close to being released to a limited number of customers. According to pages that track software updates released to Tesla vehicles, some employees have already received the update.From issue #254
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: TwitterFrom issue #55
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 DecodeFrom issue #32
Elon mentioned on Twitter that he tested the version 12 alpha of FSD and in his own words, “it’s mind-blowing”. According to what we have heard in the past, v12 will be almost purely neural nets, although it might take a while to be released to us, mere mortals.From issue #278
This video from Ashok - Director of Autopilot at Tesla - talks about how Tesla is working on replacing hundreds of small models with one large model that interfaces with everything and uses Generative AI to predict and output what the car should do.From issue #276
The best bang for your money Autopilot package is now back for all cars in all (most?) countries. In the US, you can add it to your Tesla for $6k, this would give you all the features that the FSD package offers today, except for traffic and stop sign control, potential access to the FSD Beta, or in the future, autosteering in city streets. If you purchase this package, you can add FSD for $6k until Tesla raises the price again, or subscribe for $99 / month. You can buy it directly on your Tesla app, under Upgrades, Software Updates.From issue #222
As we said above, Tesla released the safety score almost a week ago. Elon tweeted this week that they will start adding around 1,000 people/day to the FSD Beta and they will start with the ones with the highest scores.From issue #183
Another fantastic video by Chuck Cook, whose initial impression was that the drive was exceptionally smooth. It also includes an unprotected left turn where the car maneuvered through a pretty tight gap. Thanks for the videos, Chuck, and keep up the great work.From issue #271
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
Tesla is taking seriously enforcing people paying attention to the road when using FSD Beta and seems to be sending warning emails to folks who aren’t paying enough attention to the nags.From issue #187
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 v10 dropped last Friday. Here is a great drive pushing the limits (of the driver) in SF.From issue #181
A great night drive, impressive.From issue #208
Since Tesla shifted to a pure vision system, they reduced their AP max speed to 80 mph from 90 mph from the previous system. Well, it seems that the newer version just got it increased back to 90 mph.From issue #210
Finally, FSD Beta 10.12 is here, and with it a long list of improvements. A few highlights:
- Increased safety of turns with crossing traffic by improving the architecture of the lanes neural network which greatly boosted recall and geometric accuracy of crossing lanes.
- Added 180k video clips to the training set to improve the recall and geometric accuracy of lane predictions.
- Solved 48% of failure ‘is parked’ cases captured by our telemetry of 10.11.
- The car will now render vehicles with open doors and it has improved its behaviors when maneuvering around them.
According to Elon, FSD Beta 10.12 will come with major improvements in these two areas, he also mentioned they are making good progress with a single stack. Now I want to see 10.12 😄From issue #209
Even since Tesla introduced their Autopilot version that was a vision only, they reduced the max speed of the system from 90mph to 80mph. Now, it seems that the next release (dropping this weekend 🤞) will raise the limit, hopefully back to 90mph.From issue #216
Elon mentioned last week they will start with folks with the perfect score and open it to more daily, hopefully starting this Friday.From issue #184
This Friday, Tesla plans to extend the FSD Beta to all cars with 99 and 100 safety scores. From what I’ve seen this week, if you get 100, Tesla send you FSD Beta soon after.From issue #186
A few weeks ago, we included some videos with the rendering of the Voxel neural nets. This week the same person, @rice_fry, is comparing the neural network in 10.5 vs. a previous version. It is kind of amazing how much more detail is in there now.From issue #192
The initial release of FSD beta 10.69 is here and it comes with very rich release notes, as Tesla has been doing lately, some interesting bits are:
- Added a new “deep lane guidance” to achieve a 44% lower error on lane topology and enable smoother control.
- Improved overall driving smoothness.
- Improved unprotected left turns, including “Chuck Cook style”.
- Updated to a new two-stage architecture, achieving improvements of velocity estimates for far away crossing vehicles by 20%, while using one-tenth of the compute.
- Reduced false slowdowns near crosswalks.
First look into 10.69.3. Maybe it is just my impression after watching this video, but it seems that the car slows closer to the stop and is not way ahead of it, as it did in the previous version. I recommend taking a look at 7:07 to see FSD handling an interesting and confusing situation.From issue #241
FSD beta 10.69.3 is now going to Tesla employees for testing, here are some interesting bits from the release notes:
- Reduced false slowdowns for pedestrians near crosswalks.
- Improved decision-making for short-deadline lane changes.
- New “road markings” module which improves the topology error at intersections.
- Reduced incorrect lane assignment of crossing vehicles by 45% and reduced incorrect parked predictions by 15%.
In a response to Chuck’s video above, Elon said that the car will move into tighter gaps as they enhance the velocity predictions for crossing traffic in the NN. According to him, the next month’s version (10.69.3) has significant improvements on that.From issue #234
FSD beta v10.9 is here and it comes with a decent number of updates. As someone who got their Beta access recently, I really want to see it improving on unprotected left turns by proceeding straight while yielding. Again, I love these detailed release notes, thank you Tesla team!From issue #199
As seen in the previous video, but more in detail in these pics shared by @DirtyTesla, with 11.3.1, deacceleration is clearly shown on the screen which, judging by the videos shared so far, seems subtle but very helpful. I’m looking forward to experiencing this one. Hopefully in everyone’s cars by end of Q1 🤞From issue #257
The most notable of these are improved traffic light and stop sign recognition, improved lane change behavior, and improved navigation. FSD Beta 11.4 is still under development, but it is a significant improvement over previous versions of FSD.From issue #263
Software version 2021.4.11.1. Nice idea giving the point of view of the drone 👏👏👏From issue #155
As someone who has driven on the hills of Berkeley, it is amazing to see the car handling these situations!From issue #178
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 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
Seems that (at least some) Canadians with a Safety Score of 99+ got FSD Beta this week. Nice work Tesla team!From issue #209
As of December 31st, every vehicle in the USA and Canada, including those with MCU1, has access to or will receive FSD in their next software update. The FSD Beta version has now officially been merged with the production version, meaning there will no longer be different version numbers for FSD Beta versus non-FSD Beta.From issue #248
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.
Short video from our friend John from Tesla Owners Silicon Valley. In this video, his Model X with FSD Beta handles a very tight spot with a huge truck in the way, it even folds the mirrors to be able to go through.From issue #204
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
Elon announced this during the earnings call, everyone in North America who has ordered FSD will have access to the program this year, in theory, in about a month.From issue #239
Well, that is if the current version performs well, which is too early to tell, but at least Elon opened up the possibility, so hopefully can be the next version if not this one.From issue #207
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
Elon is predicting that FSD Beta should be available in Europe for LHD countries this summer and RHD a few months later. I wonder how close Tesla will be to those dates and what will be the regulatory process.From issue #209
FSD Beta stops for a pedestrian in the middle of the road with dark clothes on a rainy night. I have to confess that I had trouble seeing the pedestrian at first in the video, the car shows the pedestrian early on and does the right thing.From issue #193
The system is now attempting to be smarter about detecting cheating devices, however, it has been reported by many online that it sometimes makes mistakes. In version 10.69.25.1, rather than resulting in a permanent suspension, using a cheating device will result in a two-week suspension from the FSD Beta Program.From issue #248
This has been one of my pet peeves with the previous versions of FSD Beta. If you were turning and there was another turn right away, FSD Beta almost always picked the wrong lane. It seems that one noticeable change in v10.11 is that it turns into a further lane instead of the nearest lane when appropriate for a turn followed by another turn. Neat!From issue #207
Early videos of Chuck testing his unprotected left turn. Overall, pretty nice behavior, stopping in the median, although these ones have light traffic but as the first or one of the first videos I thought it was worth adding it. In the next one, we can see the same turn but with heavy traffic.From issue #230
Chuck is back at it, this time with light fog in his now famous left-unprotected turn. Out of eight tries, Chung only had to disengage once.From issue #237
There aren’t many videos of FSD V11 out yet, but this tester mentioned that exiting and entering the highway is objectively smoother than when it was running on the older stack. They haven’t found anything that makes them think there has been any negative progress. Exciting!From issue #256
Another great video by Chuck Cook. At minute 11, Chuck had to disengage because his car got too close to the truck right in front of him. Something I hadn’t noticed until this video is that FSD Beta v11.3.1 shows the traffic light your car is paying attention to in blue. This is cool because, in the past, mine sometimes paid attention to other traffic lights, and I had no way of knowing until it tried to go when it was still a red light for me.From issue #258
Some improvements are:
- Improved control and smoothness: Enhanced geometry and topology of lanes and road edges have improved road feature perception, aided by a larger training set and an updated lane guidance module.
- Enhanced detection and assertiveness: Lane-guidance inputs now improve long-range roadway feature detection, while assertiveness in safely crossing pedestrians and precision in vehicle detection has been increased.
- Reduction in interventions and errors: A new framework reduces interventions by anticipating lane intrusions, while more training videos have lessened false slowdowns and improved recall for object partial lane encroachment, high yaw-rate cut-in, and cut-out.
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 v9.2 got released last week, great commentary in this video by Chuck Cook.From issue #177
In this presentation by Tesla’s Autopilot Engineers, we can see that Tesla’s FSD farm produces now 2M simulations a week from 90k different builds. Tesla is rapidly ramping up their server side to be able to train and test more and more networks rapidly and keep evolving FSD.From issue #243
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: YouTubeFrom issue #116
Elon Musk announced that Tesla would permit one FSD transfer during Q3 (from July 20th to September 30th, 2023). This offer doesn’t necessitate a trade-in of your current Tesla; you can simply transfer the FSD package from one car to another. An email with all the terms and conditions is included in the tweet.From issue #277
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: RedditFrom issue #41
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
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: TwitterFrom issue #68
The price of the FSD package will increment to $15k on September 5th. The current price will be honored for those who have ordered their cars before September 5th, but delivered later. Elon said this will happen after the wide release of FSD Beta 10.69.2, which he has said many times is a big step forward.From issue #230
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: TeslaFrom issue #104
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
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
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
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
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
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 ForumFrom issue #31
FSD v11 has started to be released to Tesla employees, and with that came the first pictures. In one of the pictures, we can see the new driving visualization. The new visualization also shows a red line where the car will stop and fades the blue “tentacle” beyond that point.From issue #255
I remember years ago when Andrej Karpathy was talking about software 2.0 and how most of the Autopilot code was what he was calling code 1.0. Code 2.0 refers to AI, where a neuronal net is making predictions or making decisions based on inputs, while code 1.0 is the most traditional programming, where the code is explicitly covering every single case. It’s crazy to think that soon the entire stack will be AI.From issue #266
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: TwitterFrom issue #115
Another great video dropped by @Chazman, this time on the the single stack released with the latest software update. Bigger projected path, deacceleration reflected in the visuals, and overall, quite a few improvements without regressions. For those of you not familiar with the single stack, it refers to the fact that Tesla is now applying everything it has learned in city driving to its Navigation on Autopilot highway feature. Check it out.From issue #257
Thanks to our friends at Teslascope for the update: FSD Beta has started rolling out to non-employee early testers. Now, Tesla, please send it to my car!From issue #259
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: ElectrekFrom issue #15
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#56
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
Here is a detailed guide about how the Safety Score works. Take a look if you are trying to get the FSD Beta or to obtain a cheaper quote from Tesla Insurance.From issue #218
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”.#63
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: RedditFrom issue #40
Chuck is back at the intersection, but this time with heavy traffic. Take a look at how the car did!From issue #230
We recently saw Elon demoing FSD 12 in his car. This article delves into the details of how the idea to fully transform the FSD stack for FSD 12 came about, as well as some of the testing conducted. FSD 12 uses neural networks to mimic human driving, replacing thousands of lines of C++ that previously controlled the car. When comparing both systems in a scenario with a road littered with trash cans, fallen traffic cones, and random debris, the car guided by the neural network planner could navigate around the obstacles, crossing lane lines and breaking some rules when necessary. This was something the rules-based planner couldn’t accomplish.From issue #283
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: TwitterFrom issue #101
According to Greentheonly, there is some code for the first time referencing FSD HW4. According to his findings, the differences seem to be more than just faster / more RAM, this change seems to indicate that we will see HW4 launching soon.From issue #207
DirtyTesla tests FSD Beta 11.3.3 in downtown traffic in this video. Chris expresses his admiration for the car’s performance, citing excellent perception and trajectory in challenging situations like heavy traffic and parallel parking. Despite a few close calls, he rates the FSD’s safety performance as A-grade. I can’t wait to get back to my car and update it to 11.3.3!From issue #261
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: RedditFrom issue #6
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
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
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: TesletterFrom issue #101
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
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.
Teslarati was able to see inventory cars with HW3 inspecting the options from Tesla’s web page.
Read more: TeslaratiFrom issue #52
One of the biggest changes in FSD Beta 10.3 is the ability to select driving profile options, similar to the preference for NoAP. This indicates to FSD Beta what is your tolerance when it comes down to following the distance and speed lane changes.From issue #187
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
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
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: TwitterFrom issue #97
Tesla said this a while ago but just now owners (thanks DirtyTesla) are reporting it showing up in their Tesla accounts.
Read more: RedditFrom issue #74
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: TwitterFrom issue #103
Great video from Whole Mars Catalog.From issue #177
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
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
Last Saturday, Tesla introduced their new Safety Score (Beta) and it is now using it to judge how much of a save driver people who opt-in are and in that way slowly but steadily extend the FSD Beta program (more info below). To calculate this score, Tesla is using 5 factors:
- Forward Collision Warnings per 1,000 Miles
- Hard Braking
- Aggressive Turning
- Unsafe Following
- Forced Autopilot Disengagement
You can see your Safety Score in the Tesla app (version 4.1.), and you can also see there your daily and per trip breakdowns. It even tells you which profile was selected during the drive which is very nice if you share your car with your significant other.From issue #183
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
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
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: TwitterFrom issue #80
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: TwitterFrom issue #116
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
Last week, we shared that the FSD Beta v10.13 mentioned Chuck Cook’s left turn, it seems that Tesla has not only trained the network in similar turns, they actually sent ADAS testers to run by the left turn. In the video, even with room for improvement, you can see the testing car performing better than previous FSD builds.From issue #226
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: TwitterFrom issue #81
What are the differences between Autopilot, Enhanced Autopilot, FSD, and FSD Beta? Well, it isn’t that easy to explain, but this table offers a simplified easy view of it all.From issue #222
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: TeslaratiFrom issue #70
We just highlighted the better navigation energy prediction above. On top of that, Tesla is bringing driver profile improvements and new driving visualization (A.K.A. FSD Beta visualizations) to 2022.16.0.2.From issue #218
With the release of v10.2 and the extension of the FSD Beta tester program to folks who had a score of 100/100 and had driven 100+ by last Friday night, Tesla updated the FSD page and now it says ‘Autosteer on City Streets’ is ‘coming soon’. Personally, I don’t know if coming soon is sooner or later than later this year, what do you think?From issue #185
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.comFrom issue #7
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
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: TwitterFrom issue #72
It’s really interesting to watch this side-by-side video comparison of Waymo and Tesla taking the same route. Some of the main differences that stand out are that Tesla takes the freeway while Waymo stays off of it, and Tesla requires the driver to push the pedal in one instance. As a result, the Tesla completes the trip in approximately 15 minutes, while the Waymo takes 20.From issue #262
I have to say that my FSD Beta doesn’t work this well. I love the 360° video.From issue #238
Here’s a relatively uneventful video of Full Self-Driving (FSD) navigating around Venice and Santa Monica. The car was able to complete both drives without interventions, although, on a couple of occasions, it opted for the right lane a bit later than I would have preferred. According to the author, this update has been a significant improvement, with the system appearing more confident in turns and hesitating halfway through turns far less than in previous versions.From issue #270
Nice reaction time there.From issue #224
Whole Mars Catalog recently posted a side-by-side comparison of Tesla’s FSD Beta against the Cruise Autonomous taxi service in San Francisco. Both cars started at the same location to perform the same trip at the same time, and both did it fully autonomously (A.K.A. no human intervention). The Tesla completed the trip in 14 minutes and 6 seconds, while the Cruise did it in 22 minutes and 24 seconds.From issue #242
Some interesting notes that we haven’t seen before:
- Added highway behavior to offset away from blocked lanes and generic obstacles like road debris while also adding a smooth hand-off between in-lane offsetting and lane changing.
- Improved smoothness at highway lane splits by being less strict about centering between lane lines and allowing lower jerk maneuvers, where safe to do so.
- Reduced sensitivity for speed-based lane changes in CHILL mode.
Some highlights from the release notes (the article contains the full list of improvements):
- FSD Beta on the highway. This unifies the vision and planning stack on and off-highway and replaces the legacy highway stack, which is over four years old.
- Added voice drive notes. After an intervention, you can now send Tesla an anonymous voice message describing your experience to help improve Autopilot.
- Expanded Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) to handle vehicles that cross ego’s path. Tesla estimates that 49% of these events would be mitigated by the new behavior, on both manual and Autopilot driving.
- Improved overall geometry and stability of lane predictions by updating the “lane guidance” module representation with information relevant to predicting crossing and oncoming lanes.
- Improved lane changes, including earlier detection and handling for simultaneous lane changes, better gap selection when approaching deadlines, better integration between speed-based and nav-based lane change decisions, and more differentiation between the FSD driving profiles with respect to speed lane changes.
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
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
FSD Beta 10.13 isn’t out to the public yet, but we can see the release notes from the employee version in this tweet. A lot of the notes are related to creeping for visibility and unprotected left turns, with a special mention to Chuck Cook, who we have featured in the newsletter multiple times before.From issue #225
Great night drive video by Whole Mars Catalog, with good narration. The car definitely seems much more calm and smooth.From issue #241
If you were one of those waiting to purchase or get FSD Beta, Elon announced on Twitter this week that FSD Beta is now available to anyone who purchased the option and requests it from the app screen. If you are considering subscribing/purchasing it, there is a gotcha, if your car is in a version greater than 2022.36.20, you will have to wait until the next release, so it may not be worth purchasing it until that is already out.From issue #244
In December, Elon Musk promised on Twitter that Tesla would offer an option to turn off the nag for those with a high number of miles on FSD Beta. In response to a question from DirtyTesla, Elon stated that Tesla is gradually reducing the nag proportionately to improve safety.From issue #262
Tesla seems to have updated their Autopilot section to mention what they call Reverse Summon “When you arrive at your destination, simply step out at the entrance and your car will enter park seek mode, automatically search for a spot, and park itself. A tap on your phone summons it back to you.”
I’ve been in the community long enough to remember the Autopilot demo video from 2016, where the Tesla parked itself after leaving the person at their destination. It looked amazing, but forgive me if I’m a bit skeptical at this point that it is going to be available soon.From issue #237
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: TwitterFrom issue #37
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: TwitterFrom issue #56
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: TwitterFrom issue #57
If FSD Beta is going to be able to represent the real world, it is going to need to use some techniques like this one, where they are dynamically resizing the visualizations of the vehicles depending on their real-world length. Good to see a step in the direction of more dynamic visualizations.From issue #206
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
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
- “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
There is a long list of improvements, although I have to say that multiple testers have reported regressions in 10.4. Be careful out there.From issue #189
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: ElectrekFrom issue #43
The new version, now rolling out to testers, includes some interesting changes such as:
- Improved handling of oncoming cars on narrow, unmarked roads. This improvement is achieved by better predicting the trajectory of oncoming cars and leaving enough room for them to pass before re-centering.
- Better handling of VRUs near crosswalks, achieved by more accurately predicting their future intent.
- Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking in response to cut-in vehicles and vehicles located behind the ego vehicle while reversing.
Many people have said in the past that Tesla wasn’t taking into account of the owner had purchased the FSD package for the car when pricing it for trade-in, although Tesla insisted they did. Now. a Twitter used mentioned that his to Ys, from the same month and nearly the same millage show a $6k difference in trade-in, one has FSD and the other one doesn’t.From issue #201
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: TeslaFrom issue #49
FSD needs the ability to respond to objects that can’t really identify, as humans can when they drive, the new version of FSD seems to do a reference to that, they added the line “We may now control for slow-moving UFOs” at the end of the release notes.From issue #230
Dirty Tesla goes through a pretty challenging route on FSD version 10.69.3.1. Definitely worth watching this video.From issue #246
The Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta continues to improve remarkably. This week, Elon mentioned on Twitter that Tesla plans to offer a one-month trial of FSD in North America once it becomes incredibly smooth. This offering will extend globally as the system performs well in more countries and regulators approve it.From issue #266
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
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: TwitterFrom issue #81
The European Commission plans to prioritize the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Regulation on Driver Control Assistance Systems (DCAS), potentially speeding up the arrival of Tesla’s FSD Beta in Europe and enabling the reactivation of some Autopilot features.From issue #265
It’s well known that Tesla wants to keep iterating on their AP hardware. According to a Twitter user, Tesla is planning to use Sony’s new IMX490 automotive sensor in their upcoming hardware 4.0 revision. The new sensor would provide 5.4 megapixels compared to the 1.2 megapixels and the new wide-angle sensor might also allow Tesla to drop the number of cameras used in the front-facing module.From issue #199
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: CleanTechnicaFrom issue #65
FSD Beta v10.10 is here and it is great to see some of these improvements, especially the improved smoothness when stopping for crossing objects, I’ve noticed that my car doesn’t slam the breaks anymore when a car cuts in front of you at an intersection that isn’t close. The bad news is that they eliminated the rolling stops, even though the car only did them when it was 100% safe.From issue #202
Some Tesla employees just got the FSD Beta v11 and part of the notes become available, not much was included there, but the summary is:
- Enabled FSD Beta on the highway. Unifying the stack.
- Improved Occupancy Network’s recall for close-by obstacles and precision in severe weather conditions.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A few releases ago, Tesla introduced this setting, which allows the car to simulate regen braking when regenerative braking is limited, e.g. when it is cold, or when your battery can’t get more energy. In this image from DirtyTesla, we can see how the UI differentiates between the regen braking (green) and the brakes (darker gray).From issue #233
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
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: TwitterFrom issue #70
In response to John’s inquiry about FSD v11.3, Elon stated that while the development of v11 has proven to be more challenging than expected, he still anticipates shipping it by the end of the week. v11 will feature a unified stack (FSD and Autopilot), a substantial re-architecture of the NNs, and the replacement of C++ code responsible for controlling the vehicle with the NNs’ outputs. If I were to receive a dollar for every time that the release of v11 was said to be only a few days or weeks away, I would certainly have a few dollars. 😁From issue #253
V11 continues to undergo internal testing at Tesla. Elon seems to believe that the third minor iteration, V11.3, will be ready for wide release in approximately two weeks. It’s worth noting that Elon’s estimates have been known to be inaccurate in the past, but I can’t help but get excited about the potential release nonetheless.From issue #249
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.
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: ElectrekFrom issue #12
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
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!
Whole Mars Catalog has posted a compelling side-by-side video showcasing both Waymo and Tesla vehicles navigating to a destination without any human intervention. It’s an interesting comparison that highlights how each of these frontrunners in autonomous driving technology handles real-world scenarios.From issue #271
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
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: TesletterFrom issue #91
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: YouTubeFrom issue #117