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Tesla Releases Beta For New Full Self-Driving Software, Here’s Your First Look
By Ell Ko, 12 Jul 2021
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Two years after the initially promised release date, Tesla has released the ninth beta of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) software. During this lull, between April 2019 and October 2020, the price of FSDs doubled from US$5,000 to US$10,000, according to PC Mag.
However, despite its name, the release notes posted by a user on Reddit state that the software is, indeed, not fully self-driving. “It may do the wrong thing at the worst time, so you must always keep your hands on the wheel and pay extra attention to the road,” the text reads.
The release notes also mention updates to driving visualization, which captures information about the vehicle’s surroundings. It also comes with a change to the rearview mirror’s camera, said to “determine driver inattentiveness and provide you with audible alerts” when the Autopilot feature is in use, highlighting the importance of the above statement.
Now on the ninth version, the FSD uses Tesla Vision. This relies solely on optical imagery instead of readings from the radar sensor which was used extensively before.
Version 9’s beta is currently only available to Tesla’s early access program, according to Mashable. This consists of about 2,000 Tesla owners, majority of which are employees. However, video reviews, such as the one below, and content sneak peeks are currently peppering social media, which will serve to tide the rest of us over until the program becomes more widely released.
[via Electrek, image via Tesla]
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