Elon Musk has just shared an important update on the rollout of the Full Self Driving Beta release.
By now you’ve likely seen YouTube videos from an early group of around 30 FSD Beta testers that shows Tesla’s progress in autonomy. The FSD Beta outperforms the current shipping version of FSD Preview, with the ability to navigate city streets, even without lane lines.
The FSD Beta software is also capable of making turns, taking round abouts and avoiding cars on the side of roads. While a little more rare, there are also examples of the car navigating around debris on the road. These features build on top of the current preview that automatically stops at red lights and stop signs.
In Musks’ tweet this afternoon, he confirms the FSD Beta program is being doubled in size with version 8.2 (this is a FSD Beta version numbering, not the regular software updates).
He goes on to say that with 8.3 of the software, they’ll likely 10x the number of participants in the program. Putting the FSD Beta software in the hands of more regular people is likely not a decision that comes lightly, given the chance for incidents to happen. This is a very positive sign of the confidence that Elon and the team have in the software.
During the last earnings call, Elon revealed that around 1,000 people currently have FSDbeta, which we expect is mostly made up of employees. A 2x growth means there will shortly be 2,000 people, followed by a total of 10,000 participants when 8.3 rolls out in a the next month or so.
Elon has just replied to WholeMars on Twitter, and confirms the timeline for the 8.3 release of FSD Beta. Musk says the next release has literally ~`1,000 improvements.
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