Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta: What’s Real and What’s Hype?
Tesla recently released a new video demonstration showcasing its latest Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta software, filmed on the streets of Austin, Texas. The five-minute video, shared on Tesla's official X (formerly Twitter) account, highlights the use of "vision neural networks to perceive & understand the world, just like humans do." Notably, this video follows Elon Musk's late August livestream of the company's FSD software V12, which received mixed reviews due to poor filming and occasional system hiccups during the 45-minute drive.
In the latest video of Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta, they provide higher visual quality, although it doesn't specify the exact version of FSD Beta used but mentions "version 11.4.7 or later." It's unclear whether the latest neural network-based vehicle controls were employed in this demonstration, as they were expected in FSD Beta V12. Additionally, Tesla removed alerts for steering wheel pressure during this demo, a feature not available to regular owners, potentially enhancing the video's appearance.
The video showcases Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta's ability to navigate diverse scenarios, including managing stop signs at suburban intersections, handling traffic lights at larger intersections, and executing unprotected left turns. While FSD Beta excels on highways, the demonstration also features the Model S navigating downtown traffic successfully before reaching a suburban destination.
Tesla's commitment to promoting its FSD technology may be influenced by Elon Musk's belief that the company's market valuation is closely tied to its success in achieving full self-driving capabilities. Musk has emphasized the significance of solving self-driving for Tesla's value, and he has suggested that some "smart retail investors" recognize the true potential of Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta technology. Nevertheless, the timeline for achieving "full self-driving" remains uncertain, given Musk's previous statements regarding its readiness and availability.
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