Tesla releases early ‘Full Self-Driving’ mode with strict warning

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    Brydo

    Tesla has begun to roll out the ‘beta’ version of a ‘Full Self-Driving’ (FSD) mode for its cars – but it comes with some significant caveats.

    The software, which is now being trialled by a select number of ‘expert and careful’ drivers in the US, is said to enable Tesla drivers to “make lane changes off highway, select forks to follow your navigation route, navigate around other vehicles and objects, and make left and right turns”.

    However, a notice that accompanied the update, shared by a Twitter user, warns that the software may have some teething problems. It says users must “not become complacent” as the beta “may do the wrong thing at the worst time”. Drivers are therefore advised to “always keep [their] hands on the wheel and pay extra attention to the road.”

    They should, it continues, “use Full-Self Driving in limited Beta only if you will pay constant attention to the road, and be prepared to act immediately, especially around blind corners, crossing intersections, and in narrow driving situations.”

    Tesla has yet to specify a date for the roll-out of the finished FSD programme, but judging from CEO Elon Musk’s recent tweet that the update will be “extremely slow and cautious, as it should”, drivers shouldn’t expect the software any time soon.

    This is especially true in European countries, such as the UK, which have stricter regulations for self-driving cars than the US. Although proposals have been made to loosen UK laws from next year, Tesla’s self-driving software cannot legally be used in the country under current rules.

    The new FSD mode will be downloaded as an update for Tesla’s current software, which allows Teslas to automatically change lanes on motorways, auto park and ‘find’ the driver in car parks. To pre-empt the update, Tesla will add $2000 (around £1525) to the cost of current software in the US, taking the Autopilot option to $10,000 (around £7625).

    Tesla’s current ‘self-driving’ package recently came under fire when a German court ruled that its name – Tesla refers to the package as ‘Autopilot’ – was “misleading for consumers”.

    Tesla has now been banned from using terms such as ‘Autopilot’ and ‘Full Self-Driving Capability’ to describe the current version of its autonomous software in Germany.

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    There’s a guy in Gloucestershire area on YouTube doing an almost daily update of his Tesla software with a camera view of the cars control screen and looking out the front window.

    It’s very interesting and having looked at a few of those video’s I would say its at least another ten years before they get it 100% right, if ever.

    One such case he shows where he approach a set of traffic lights where the lights to go straight ahead are green to go but the turn right light is red, he was going straight ahead but the car leans on caution and comes to a stop because it can’t distinguish between the two traffic light that are only inches apart. Then on another occasion at another set of lights with the same layout it does get it right.

    Another one is when you approach a bend that bends to the left the car thinks the traffic coming the other way is on the wrong side of the road so again jumps on the brakes.

    There are loads of times the car warns to take control of the steering and that leaves me wonder what’s the point of it if you can put your feet up on the dash, read the newspaper, drink your bandy while smoking a cigar. 😁

    This is his latest one and there are many others…

    #127894 Reply
    Brydo

    That was interesting Chris, it was actually better than I thought it would be. Reminds me a bit of the first time I used cruise control.

    Ten years is an eternity in the tech game so I fully expect a gradual introduction and improvement over the next year or so.

    Intervening, like he had to, is not ideal, and won’t suit everyone although it will certainly keep you on your toes. Younger drivers will cope with it better than  the less tech savvy older drivers among us, me included lol.

    I think the introduction of self driving cars will initially cause more accidents than at present but once the majority of cars on the road are self driving I predict the roads will be much safer than they are now.

    Imagine the cars talking to each other telling, in advance, their next manoeuvre, no running red lights, no breaking speed limits, no driver distraction, perfection.

    Make no mistake its not “if” but “when” we move to full autonomy, it is absolutely clear that this will happen, you heard it hear first lol

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    VictorOne

    Tesla will never be coming to the scheme. Why do we need these posts?

    #127961 Reply
    Brydo

    Victor if your not interested in the posts don’t read them. There are many threads that I have nothing to contribute to but that doesn’t mean they are not worth posting.

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