Tesla FSD V11
Elon Musk has stated that version 11 of its FSD software for its Beta software to assist with driving its cars should be coming out soon - in about 2 weeks. This is Tesla's most important and lengthy release because it is combining the code from Autopilot and FSD into one single stack. That means Autopilot will use FSD instead of the separate code it has been using.
FSD has come a long way from a few years ago, when it was simply lines on a screen and boxes for cars. The graphics have improved, and the software can do things it could never have done when it first launched.
One of these feats of artificial intelligence and FSD is Chuck's unprotected left-hand turn. This is a busy, unprotected left-hand turn in Florida and requires handling two lanes of traffic - one coming from the left and one coming from the right. Tesla vehicles couldn't do this turn at first - now they succeed at it regularly.
I see Tesla FSD continuing to improve. My current prediction is that in 2024, we'll see the first Robotaxi vehicles on the roads and I think those might happen in areas that it is more trained on like San Francisco. I think it will take a bit longer to train on every single road scenario possible.
Tesla is also going to be releasing new cameras with hardware 4 and the Cybertruck. This is going to take Tesla's safety and picture/video quality to another level.
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Smear Campaign Against FSD
There has also been, unfortunately, a smear campaign against Tesla's FSD (full self-driving) system. It was even advertised during the Super Bowl in select cities in the U.S. The smear campaign and commercials showed Tesla vehicles running over dummies representing children. Its goal was to try and show that Tesla's software is unsafe.
A Twitter user, ray4tesla, showed these videos and critiqued them, asking what the error messages in the bottom left hand of the screen were showing as well as a screenshot showing an obvious message saying that cruise control will not brake, and the accelerator is pressed.
I have driven my Tesla Model 3 RWD with Autopilot and Cruise Control. Cruise control does stop for cars and object in front of me. I've never tried it with a person, but I imagine it would also stop for that, just like the FSD software does.
The main issues from the video that he is trying to show have all been debunked with other users of the software. Only in much older versions of the software did it not read signs or school buses or stop signs on school buses. In addition to that, FSD is driver assist at the moment and requires the occupant to take over at any moment.
Do you see Tesla's FSD getting to version 11 in the next 2 weeks? Will this combine Tesla's code base into 1?
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Dan, I took a few screenshots from your video. Can you tell me what the blurry message under the visualization says? I also took a picture of my Model X display while FSD was engaged. When I pressed accelerator pedal to override the system, I got a warning message. @RealDanODowd https://t.co/YjJEOydunD pic.twitter.com/8rxrIlSaqY— Ray (@ray4tesla) February 13, 2023
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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.