Tesla Full Self-Driving, in Europe already in the summer?

Tesla Full Self-Driving, in Europe already in the summer?

Tesla Full Self-Driving

A few days ago we announced Tesla's intentions to bring Tesla Full Self-Driving to Europe in its autonomous driving software, and today there are important news on this - as often happens when it comes to Tesla, the source of the information is CEO Elon Musk who usually talks openly on Twitter about the company's plans.

Speaking of Full Self-Driving, the 'Tesla Owners UK' Twitter page tagged Elon Musk asking him for more information on the release timing of Full Self-Driving in Europe, and the head of the company did not let himself be begged, replying after a couple of days: according to Musk, Full Self-Driving could arrive in Europe as early as next summer on cars with the steering wheel on the left , while for English right-hand drive users they will have to wait a few more months to receive the most advanced autonomous driving software available on the market.

FSD Beta shoul d be available in Europe for LHD this summer, RHD a few months later. These dates depend on regulatory approval.

- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 29, 2022

Obviously this information, even if it comes from the CEO, must be taken with a grain of salt : the decision is not only up to Tesla, which will have to interface with various road safety bodies in Europe before being authorized to release FSD Beta, so it cannot be excluded that the timing may be lengthened for issues beyond Tesla's control.

By releasing Full Self-Driving also in Europe, Tesla would significantly increase the number of users who use the software, and this would give further impetus to the development of new features and improvements of the existing ones, given the large amount of extra data available to developers; We just have to wait to find out if summer 2022 will be the right one to see Tesla Full Self-Driving in Europe too.

Tesla is working to release huge full self-driving beta update

For years now, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has promised that his company would deliver a fully autonomous, self-driving vehicle to its customers.

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Some of Musk’s original claims date back to 2014, but Tesla has yet to release a vehicle or driving software that takes over driver responsibilities. Considering that building an autonomous vehicle (AV) is no easy feat, it’s no surprise.

Tesla is currently working on releasing a beta version of its “Full Self-Driving” (FSD) software. What features does this beta version include, how is it being tested, and how soon will the automaker deliver on its long-awaited promise of AVs?

Tesla Allows Owners to Test Out Beta Software

In October 2020, Tesla began rolling out its FSD software, an early version of self-driving software that will allow vehicles to drive autonomously. Since then, the software updates have gone through testing by a select group of Tesla owners.

This fleet of drivers must take a test, which assesses their driving abilities based on five measurements called Safety Factors, which include:

  • Hard braking
  • Unsafe following
  • Aggressive turning
  • Forward collision warnings per 1,000 miles
  • Forced Autopilot disengagement
  • A high safety score indicates safer driving behaviors. Tesla allows its Early Access Program (EAP) members to test out new beta releases.

    Tesla’s Most Recent FSD Beta Update

    Tesla’s recent FSD update is called FSD Beta 10.11. Based on its release notes, it’s a significant update chock-full of improvements. Some improvements include better pedestrian and cyclist detection, decreases in “phantom braking,” and more accurate predictions of where vehicles are turning or merging.

    In response to a tweet, Musk states that if this beta update performs well, the company would probably lower the minimum safety score drivers need to participate in tests to 95. A key component of these beta updates is to enable the vehicle to drive autonomously to a destination entered in the navigation system.

    However, Tesla stresses how important it is for drivers to remain vigilant, with both hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road. If the FSD software has bugs or other issues, drivers need to be prepared to take back control of the vehicle.

    The Washington Post recently had a panel of experts review footage captured by many Tesla beta testers. Results were mixed, but it can be argued that the beta update is nothing to get too excited about – it will likely still take time before AVs, especially autonomous Teslas, become commonplace on public roads and highways.

    Outlook for AVs in the Future

    Research suggests that global sales of AVs will grow with an estimated 1 million units sold by 2025. While many drivers have noticed more autonomous features in their vehicles, such as parking assist, lane detection, blind spot warnings, and cruise control, the automotive industry still has to overcome challenges in bringing AVs to the masses.

    Some benefits come with AVs. For example, advocates believe they will make roads safer, support job creation, and improve transportation equity. It’s also likely that the U.S. government will play a role in creating legislation to regulate AV automakers and drivers.

    Tesla’s beta updates help the company gain feedback on how the software works in real-life driving situations so it can make improvements. Some argue that Tesla owners shouldn’t be able to participate in beta testing. In contrast, others believe it’s all a part of the process of bringing AVs to roads.

    More Testing Is Required Before AVs Become Mainstream

    There’s no question that Tesla is an industry leader working to bring AVs to the market. With more testing, collaboration with the U.S. government, and time, it is possible that Tesla will deliver on its highly anticipated promise of AVs dominating roads and highways. Expect more FSD beta updates from Tesla in the future, but it will still be a while before AVs become mainstream.

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    Last Updated on March 28, 2022.

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