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Elon Musk: Tesla FSD Beta V11 Will Be Adapted For EU Roads & Submitted To Regulators, 90% Of Work Already Done

After years of lagging behind, Elon Musk has finally promised to release a significant autopilot upgrade to Tesla owners in the EU. Musk also added 90% of work done on FSD Beta in the US and Canada applies Worldwide, and that after FSD Beta V11 is released in North America, it will be adapted for EU roads and submitted to regulators for approval.

The goal of Tesla’s autopilot software is to eventually solve real-world AI that can perform unsupervised and generalized full self-driving. However, until the day comes when Teslas are able to drive anywhere in the world on their own, the EV maker has chosen to release autopilot software with increasing levels of driving proficiency.

And as Tesla’s autopilot software grows to tackle more complex driving situations such as traffic lights, surface streets, roundabouts, unprotected left turns, and U-turns, the EV maker has chosen to initially deploy and test the new capabilities on US and Canadian roads.

The main reason Tesla chose North America to be the testbed for the company’s full self-driving capability is that the EV maker’s engineers working on the autopilot software are situated in the US. And more specifically the engineers are situated in the Bay Area.

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Because of this fact, Musk has previously said Tesla’s FSD software works best in the Bay Area. And once you zoom out to the US, autopilot’s ability to deal with complex driving situations starts to decrease.

And when you see autopilot’s performance outside the US, Teslas’ ability to self-drive starts to suffer even more. Autopilot users in Europe have especially pointed out the difference in capability between their vehicle’s autopilot compared to US Teslas.

And it is the same story in the rest of the world be it in China, the Middle East, or the rest of Asia. However, according to Elon Musk, significant improvements are on the way for autopilot users outside the US, especially for those in the EU.

Currently, Tesla is working on a major update to the company’s FSD Beta software dubbed FSD Beta v11. Since EU regulators don’t yet allow Tesla autopilot to be activated outside highways, an FSD Beta update usually doesn’t mean much to EU Tesla drivers.

However, FSD Beta V11 is special since unlike previous updates is specifically targeted to improve Teslas’ driving ability on highways. This improvement has less to do with functionality but rather with the fundamental software architecture the vehicle uses to navigate highways.

Currently, on highways, be it in North America or any other part of the world, Tesla still uses the pre-FSD Beta iteration of autopilot that doesn’t use all 8 cameras to create a vector space and heavily relies on manually written codes as opposed to AI to make driving decisions.

However, Tesla engineers have been working hard and FSD Beta v11 which will integrate Tesla’s autopilot software into a single stack throughout highways and surface streets is expected to enter limited release in the coming days.

This on its own is exciting however, now Musk says 90% of work done on FSD Beta in the US and Canada applies Worldwide, and after FSD Beta V11 is released in North America, it will be adapted for EU roads and submitted to regulators for approval.

Currently, it’s not entirely clear whether Musk means the part of FSD Beta concerned with highways will come to the EU or if Tesla is going to try and add all the surface street functionalities.

And although Musk saying 90% of the work is already done to release FSD Beta to EU roads makes us hopeful the software can be released on the continent soon, the EU, however, has a famously stringent self-driving approval process which on its own could be a cause for significant delays.

As of now, it’s hard to predict how long it will take Tesla to release FSD Beta in the EU, however, we will be sure to keep you posted as we learn more about the EV maker’s plans. Until then, make sure to visit our site regularly for the latest information.

So what do you think? Are you excited to learn 90% of the work Tesla has done on FSD Beta applies worldwide? Also, how do you think regulations will affect the software’s rollout in the EU? 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.