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Elon Musk Says Tesla Will Release A Significant Autopilot Upgrade To Non-US Owners By March 2022

After years of lagging behind, Elon Musk has finally promised to release a significant autopilot upgrade to Tesla owners outside of the US.

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, roundabouts, and unprotected left turns, the EV maker has chosen to initially deploy and test the new capabilities on US roads.

The main reason Tesla chose the US 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 as 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.

In response to WholeMarsCatalog who wrote on Twitter “European Autopilot users complain to me every day about incorrect speed limits and not getting to the correct speed before you cross the sign. I know the team is extremely busy but would be great if you could have someone see what’s going on for them” Musk replied saying “we’re aiming for a significant improvement for owners outside the US around March”

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However, Musk hedged his promise saying the timeline is dependant on approval from regulatory organizations.

The regulatory issue is especially concerning when it comes to the EU. The EU has a famously stringent self-driving approval process. And if Musk is talking about releasing FSD Beta to the entire world and not upgrades to the regular autopilot the March 2022 timeline is likely to slip.

As of now we don’t much about the autopilot upgrades coming early next year. However, we will be sure to keep you updated as more information comes out. Make sure to visit our site regularly for the latest information.

So what do you think? Are you an autopilot user outside of the US? How has your experience been so far? Also, are you hopeful about the March 2022 timeline? Let me know your thoughts down 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.


Dave (not verified)    December 25, 2021 - 7:34AM

Desperately waiting for autopilot update. I cannot use basic speed control without constant phantom and emergency braking. I drive for hours on 2 lane roads and have to drive my 2021 m3 manually. I could possibly get rear ended, so I have drive with foot on the accelerator. Even old fashion speed control is better than this.