Tesla is starting the rollout of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) v11 update, which is supposed to be the wider release to everyone who bought FSD in North America.
It is both an exciting and scary step as it is supposed to merge Tesla’s FSD and Autopilot highway stacks.
FSD Beta enables Tesla vehicles to drive autonomously to a destination entered in the car’s navigation system, but the driver needs to remain vigilant and ready to take control at all times.
Since the responsibility rests with the driver and not Tesla’s system, it is still considered a level-two driver-assist system, despite its name. It has been sort of a “two steps forward, one step back” type of program, as some updates have seen regressions in terms of the driving capabilities.
Tesla has frequently been releasing new software updates to the FSD Beta program and adding more owners to it.
There are currently over 100,000 Tesla owners in the program, but CEO Elon Musk said that FSD Beta would be available to every owner who bought FSD Beta in North America by the end of the year.
Musk linked that wider release to the release of Tesla’s FSD Beta v11 update, which is expected to merge Tesla’s FSD Beta software stack primarily used on roads and city streets, with Tesla’s Autopilot software stack, which is used as a level 2 driver assist system on highways.
The CEO has now confirmed that Tesla has started rolling out FSD Beta v11 late last night.
We don’t have access to the release notes yet, but again, the main new feature is expected to be the merger of the two software stacks.
This is both exciting and scary.
It’s an important step for the FSD Beta program, with a more complete product merging city and highway driving, and exciting for those who don’t have access to it yet.
Top comment by Haggy
With FSD, we tend not to hear much about highway driving, because it's pretty boring to watch videos of highway driving where the car does what's expected. When Navigate on Autopilot came out, there were plenty of reviews and videos, and much of its behavior was tenuous. But three years later, it works well. People don't tend to make videos when there are no new features.
With all the problems that FSD has on local streets, it's easy to forget that it's working as expected on highways, where it's the most valuable.
With NoA, I wouldn't say that I trust it to follow a route of hundreds of miles with multiple freeway changes, but I would say that I'd expect it to do so.
There are very rare occasions when NoA disengages for no clear reason. And it actually took a step back when the B pillar cameras were activated, since there are times when NoA will become not available, since the B pillar camera is being hit by the Sun on the horizon, even though it shouldn't affect highway driving. But if NoA can do so well, I'd expect FSD to fill the holes in.
Though I don’t know that it will actually reach everyone who bought the package. Has Tesla upgraded all the cameras and computers it needed to upgrade?
It’s also scary because the FSD Beta is still far from deserving of its “Full Self-Driving” name and has been known to have widely varying performance, especially in different markets outside of California.
Tesla drivers testing FSD Beta need to be extremely careful and stay vigilant at all times, ready to take control. Please use the system with the most attention possible.
We will report back on the update when we have more details, and hopefully, we are able to test it soon.
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