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Can Tesla's Self Driving Systems Handle the Snow? What This Video Shows

Tesla's self driving software works great in the sun and clear weather. How does it handle when it is snowing or with bad weather?

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Tesla Self Driving In the Snow

We see a video of a Tesla with FSD Beta driving in the snow. It seems to be handling it pretty well. Many ask, "Can Tesla's Autopilot or FSD handle the snow?" We'll try to answer that now.

In this video from the Twitter user, Sawyer Merritt, we can see a Tesla driving at night and in the snow. There are no visible lane markings, and there is snow flying at the camera and Tesla.

Tesla's visualization for FSD still shows a left and right side of the road, with a path forward for the vehicle to go. There is no visualization for a center line, and I don't think the software could make such a thing with how much snow is on the ground.

When a human driver is driving on the road like this, everything becomes an estimation of where the lines should be. In this case, it's a 1 lane forward and 1 lane coming road, so the software has to deduce that about the middle of the road is where the line would be and try to stay centered on the right side of the road.

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Tesla Self Driving Progress

Tesla's FSD Beta software has been making great progress lately. In fact, Elon Musk has stated that version 11 should be releasing soon. Others are not so happy with FSD releases, saying that Elon Musk promised FSD years ago and hasn't delivered.

I think it's an incredibly difficult problem to solve, and that only enough data to make the neural net able to handle every situation and edge case is going to get Tesla's to drive themselves everywhere.

Tesla has a feature for its high beams that turns them off and on automatically. That is a nice feature. With more data, Tesla will know every weather situation, whether it's heavy snow, rain, dark clouds, or anything else. Tesla will get better than any human at estimating where the road markings should be.

Right now, FSD Beta is a great driver assist system which will keep the car in its lane, and it doesn't require HD mapping or geofencing like other autonomous vehicle companies are using.

I see Tesla releasing its FSD systems out of Beta sometime at the end of 2024. When do you think FSD will be out of Beta?

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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.

Image Credit, Sawyer Merrit, Screenshot

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