Tesla has finally released the much anticipated Full Self Driving (FSD) Beta version 9 software. The update has currently rolled out to Tesla’s 2000 or so Early Access Program participants.
Owners lucky enough to test Tesla’s latest FSD build have reported the vehicle feels more poised when tackling challenging situations. However, work remains to improve the system in specific edge cases.
On top of the edge case improvements, Elon Musk has also promised new and exciting features such as the ability to listen to sirens and alarms, and recognize hand gestures and ambulance/police lights will be coming to Tesla vehicles with FSD Beta v9.
That is on top of the major architectural change Tesla released with FSD v9. Before FSD v9, Tesla vehicles used hybrid data from autopilot cameras and radar to understand the world.
However, with FSD Beta v9, Tesla has moved the autopilot software to a pure vision (camera) system.
The reason behind this significant departure is Elon Musk’s vision for Tesla’s next-generation autonomous system. Musk believes in order to solve real-world AI, Tesla must first solve driving using only vision (cameras).
This is because the road system was designed for human beings to drive using their eyes. And once Tesla achieves this feat, Musk believes using other sensors such as radar and LiDAR will be redundant.
And with Tesla successfully implementing the move to a pure vision system using FSD Beta v9, most in the Tesla community were expecting FSD Beta 9 will be the last major update before the Beta software gets released to the general public.
However, in a new update, Elon Musk says Tesla is already working on two FSD Beta software iterations.
The need for Tesla to build more iterations arose since, according to Elon, currently, FSD beta 9 is only using the pure vision production code for highway driving.
However, Musk says “Beta 10 hopefully (Beta 11 definitely) will use one stack to rule them all – city streets, highway & complex parking lots.”
FSD beta 9 is using the pure vision production code for highway driving. Beta 10 hopefully (Beta 11 definitely) will use one stack to rule them all – city streets, highway & complex parking lots.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 15, 2021
Tesla taking a staggered approach when releasing a significant update to the autopilot software is prudent and commendable especially considering human lives are at risk.
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However, this will likely mean owners who bought Tesla’s FSD software, and ones not lucky enough to be the selected few in the Early Access Program will have to wait longer before they can experience Tesla’s full self-driving software.
We will be sure to keep you up to date as Tesla releases new updates to the FSD beta software. Make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/electric-vehicles regularly for the latest updates.
So what do you think? Excited about FSD Beta V11? Or do you think Tesla should just release the whole thing already? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below.
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