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Tesla FSD -VS- Everyday Roads

We have a video of a Tesla vehicle using FSD and driving around. Will it be able to do this without intervention?

Tesla FSD Driving on Everyday Roads

There is a video of Tesla FSD driving around, from Marques Brownlee, going to a studio of his in New Jersey, United States. This uses FSD version Many think that Tesla FSD is many years away from being able to be used widely and without human intervention. There's things it does well and things it does not do well.

While driving the speed limit was 35 miles an hour. Tesla FSD can comfortably go 10 miles over the speed limit. The car was going up to a turn and had to put the blinker on and make an unprotected left hand turn. The car put on the signal and made the turn. That is something it does well.

Tesla will display a message to say to apply light force to the steering wheel. It wants to make sure that there is pressure on the steering wheel. The next right turn was on a highway entrance ramp where the car has to accelerate very quickly.

The most common intervention is because the car tries to be very cautious, meaning it is hesitant or needs a nudge. The car changed lanes on the freeway without problems. Marques felt more comfortable on the highway driving rather than the city streets. This is likely because auto pilot code takes over on the highway.

Tesla has very important controls that make you pay attention to the road. In a merge with construction cones, Marques had to take over as the car was going slow in order to make the car merge and not get honked at too much.

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Further FSD Driving

The Tesla did not know it had to take an exit with construction. He tried to turn on FSD and had a not available message. He was able to merge on the freeway. There was a toll booth coming up and the car had to stay in its lane. It detected the toll booth.

Back on the highway, the car ramped up to speed, and Marques was feeling stressed by FSD. I think he was feeling stressed because he probably hasn't been using it that often. There are options for how FSD drives, from chill, to average, to assertive.

Marques was driving in assertive mode. He has control over the speed limit and put the limit at 70 miles per hour. If there is a gap, the car should change lanes and pass a vehicle in the slow lane. FSD often doesn't know when to end the navigation, whether it be the side of the road or a parking lot.

Marques talked about robotaxis and having your car drive like and Uber or a Lyft. When FSD (full self-driving) gets good enough, your car will be able to drive for you. His car eventually changed lanes. Tesla has moved their systems to entirely use vision - no radar or Lidar. The conditions were comfortable without snow, rain, or fog. Can FSD function well in those environments?

The car made a very assertive lane change over to the right and Marques liked this lane change calling it the best thing the car did on the drive to that point. The car also braked for the cars that were slowing down, noticing the brake lights on cars. Toward the end, the car went to one of the most difficult merges in New Jersey. It wasn't able to make the merge.

In total, there were 3 disengagements with the Tesla after a truck stopped with its hazard lights on, and Marques was very stressed during the drive. Tesla still has work to do on FSD, but it is getting better over time. Would you get FSD for a Tesla? Was this video a good representation of FSD Beta?

For more information, see this video from Marques Brownlee:

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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.

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