If you have been living under a rock, in late 2020, Tesla released the next generation of the company’s full self-driving software called FSD Beta.
This software version is a significant architectural rewrite of Tesla’s Autopilot software and unlike previous iterations of Autopilot, requires merging all images coming from 8 cameras into a vector space that the vehicle uses to execute driving in the real world.
In simple terms, the new software creates a representation of the real world by piecing together images coming from the 8 cameras, and the vehicle uses this virtual representation of the real world to make driving decisions.
The new approach has allowed Tesla to enable vehicles to tackle more complex driving settings such as surface streets, roundabouts, and unprotected left turns, which are currently impossible for Tesla’s previous Autopilot software.
Tesla initially released FSD Beta to the 3000 or so individuals in the company’s Early Access Program. However, that number has currently grown to more than 100,000 vehicles and Elon Musk has recently said by the end of this year FSD Beta will be running on 1 million Teslas.
Since FSD Beta’s initial rollout in late 2020, the software has seen several upgrades which have improved the smoothness and capabilities of the self-driving software.
Currently, Tesla is on FSD Beta 10.12. This iteration of FSD Beta was released at the end of May and has brought with it several improvements getting Tesla one step closer to the goal of having the software completely take over the driving task.
Having said that, FSD Beta 10.12 is still far from a level 5 fully autonomous solution and the software still needs a lot of work to make it fully self-driving.
And lucky for those of us who can’t wait to see the day when cars are able to drive themselves, Tesla engineers are working extremely hard to make this dream come true.
And today, asked when FSD Beta 10.13 will be coming out, Elon Musk echoed the same sentiment saying “the 3am oil is being burned to get this out.” By changing the idiom “burning the midnight oil” to “3 AM oil” Musk is emphasizing all the hard work going into developing the FSD Beta software.
The 3am oil is being burned to get this out.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 5, 2022
The fact that Elon Musk did not give a timeline as to when the next FSD Beta software will be released might be disappointing for some people. However, given the fact that Tesla is trying to achieve something that has never been done before, the fact that the EV maker is working as hard as possible should be all we can hope for.
Currently, Tesla’s FSD Beta software is progressing nicely towards level 5 autonomy. Still, it’s impossible to say when exactly the EV maker will reach that mark. However, we will be sure to keep you posted as Tesla releases more FSD Beta updates.
Until then, make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates
So what do you think? Excited to learn that Tesla is working hard to make fully self-driving vehicles a reality? Also, when do you think Teslas will be able to drive themselves without needing a human behind the wheel? 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.