Breaking: Tesla Begins Limited Robotaxi Service With FSD Beta 10.11.1 Update
Since Tesla began the autopilot program back in 2014, CEO Elon Musk has been promising full self-driving is just around the corner. However, more than half a decade away, all Tesla vehicles still require a driver behind the seat.
That is until now, with Tesla’s latest FSD Beta update, (FSD v10.11.1), the EV maker’s vehicles have begun shuttling passengers in a fully autonomous fashion. At least in a limited scope.
Elon Musk’s other venture, The Boring Company, currently utilizes Tesla vehicles to shuttle passengers in the company’s tunnels. Until now, even though the Tesla vehicles autonomously drive through the tunnels, The Boring Company still required safety drivers behind the seat.
However, with the release of FSD Beta 10.11.1, Tesla, Elon Musk, and The Boring Company finally feel confident enough with the EV maker’s self-driving software to remove the driver completely and let the Teslas drive through the tunnels in a fully autonomous fashion.
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This incredible update comes from Las Vegas Loop: Boring Company Twitter page which wrote “Wednesday evening The Boring Company activated FSD 10.11.1 for its entire LVCC [Las Vegas Convention Center] vehicle fleet and ran several test vehicles without drivers. Many conference attendees enjoyed a flawless journey.”
**** MAJOR UPDATE ****
On Wednesday evening The Boring Company activated FSD 10.11.1 for its entire LVCC vehicle fleet and ran several test vehicles without drivers. Many conference attendees enjoyed a flawless journey
Further updates to follow
— Las Vegas Loop : Boring Company (@BoringLoopLV) March 31, 2022
The LVCC Loop is the Boring Company’s first commercially operational loop service. Unlike a traditional subway system, which costs billions and utilizes trains to go from point A to point B, the loop service utilizes smaller tunnels and Tesla vehicles to shuttle passengers.
And beginning today, anyone using the LVCC Loop can experience firsthand Tesla’s fully autonomous robotaxi future. Admittedly, as compared to surface streets, the Boring Company tunnels have fewer variables ergo they are far easier for autonomous vehicles to traverse.
Still, the Boring Company shuttles are stock Tesla vehicles similar to the ones you can order online. This means, theoretically any Tesla owner can drive into the tunnels, take the back seat, and be driven in his/her fully autonomous Tesla.
This is still a long way from Elon Musk’s dream of sitting on the east coast and your car being able to pick you up autonomously all the way from the west coast. Or, when not in use, being able to send your Tesla out to work as a robotaxi and earn you additional income.
However, Tesla engineers have been working their hardest behind the scene to make this dream come true. And if you closely follow the advancement of Tesla’s FSD software with every iteration, this future doesn’t seem too far out.
We will be sure to keep you posted as Tesla advances the FSD software. Makes sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates.
So what do you think? Excited fully autonomous Teslas have finally come into existence? How long do you think it will take for Tesla to solve level 5 autonomy? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and The evolution of the EV space on a daily basis for several years. He covers everything about Tesla from the cars to Elon Musk, the energy business, and autonomy. Follow Tinsae on Twitter at @TinsaeAregay for daily Tesla news.