FSD Beta to go out to everyone in about a month

By Kevin Armstrong
FSD Beta to go out to everyone in about the next month
FSD Beta to go out to everyone in about the next month
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You get FSD! You Get FSD! Everybody gets FSD! For those waiting, Elon Musk's Full Self Driving announcement may have felt like being in the studio audience when Oprah gave everyone a car. People in the audience screamed, cried, and hugged as Oprah continued to chant, "everybody gets a car."

Musk, who can also be a showman, could've used the pop-culture classic meme. But instead, he casually mentioned that all FSD subscribers would be able to use the program by the end of the year. During the quarter three earnings call, Tesla's CEO told listeners, "So, anyone who has ordered a full self-driving Beta — full self-driving, will have access to the FSD Beta program this year [in North America]. Probably about a month from now."

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FSD version 10.69.3 is due any day, and Musk has publicly stated his confidence and excitement with the next update. The 51-year-old believes that FSD and, eventually, fully autonomous vehicles will prevent countless injuries and save thousands of lives by making the roads safer. He is now seeing that in the data that Tesla is collecting. "So, the safety that we're seeing when the car is in FSD mode is actually significantly greater than the safety we're seeing when it is not, which is a key threshold for going to a wide Beta," said Musk.

On A.I. Day 2022, Tesla's director of the Autopilot program Ashok Elluswamy, said, "FSD beta software is quite capable of driving the car. It should be able to navigate from parking lot to parking lot, city street driving, stopping for traffic lights and stops signs, negotiating with objects at intersections, making turns and so on." Several team members who spoke at the event raved about the improvements of using an integrated stack. That means one code base that includes everything the car needs to operate all aspects of FSD.

Musk has been using the single-stack version for months. He told investors that he just used it. "When I came to Giga, Texas, from Brent's house, I never touched any of the controls on the way here." He said that all subscribers to the FSD package will soon experience this technology. "The car will be able to take you from your home to your work, your friend's house, to the grocery store without you touching the wheel. So, it's looking very good."

Telsa executives have used the term supervised FSD or supervised autonomy when discussing how the technology has advanced. This means that the driver must still pay attention and be ready to intervene at any time. "We're not saying that that's quite ready to have no one behind the wheel. It's just that you will almost never have to touch the control, vehicle controllers," said Musk.

Safer Than a Human

That may soon be changing. Musk says the company is very close, and it will soon be able to challenge the regulatory bodies and prove that FSD is safer than human driving. "Certainly, without a question whatsoever in my mind, next year. I think we'll also have enough data next year to be able to show to regulators that the car is safer than the average human."

Now we need a Musk meme. You get FSD! Everybody gets FSD!

A Better Routeplanner 5.0 Launches; Adds EV Charger Ratings Using Rivian Data

By Karan Singh
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A Better Routeplanner 5.0 launched yesterday, and there are some pretty awesome features coming to all EV owners courtesy of Rivian. Rivian purchased ABRP last year and has made good on its promises to continue its improvement and ensure it remains open to all EV owners.

Charger Scoring

Rivian recently added a feature that would rate any chargers compatible with Rivian vehicles. The list of chargers includes Rivian Adventure Network (RAN) chargers, Tesla Superchargers and any other compatible third-party chargers. The charger score is automatically calculated based on the station's average top speed and reliability.

With the launch of ABRP 5.0, Rivian is integrating its charger scores directly into the free tier of ABRP so that all EV owners can benefit. ABRP users will now be able to see charger scores, and ABRP will automatically route users to chargers with higher scores if they are available on your route.

Google Automotive

Another cool feature for ABRP is that it will now be available as an app to install and use directly in vehicles that support Google Automotive. Any EV that uses Google Automotive, including Volvo,  Polestar, Ford, and GM will support the in-system experience, which will also provide data for charger scoring and routing.

This will be an excellent way to hold third-party networks accountable, which have commonly suffered from uptime or speed issues.

Tesla’s Implementation

Tesla previously implemented a “Qualified Third-Party Charger” program, that would allow highly-rated third-party chargers that meet a strict set of requirements to be displayed directly in the vehicle. However, this is currently limited to Europe and parts of the Middle East. Within North America, Tesla only displays third-party Tesla destination chargers in addition to Superchargers.

While Tesla doesn’t directly show charger scores, they clearly are tracking charge data, and are providing the cream of the crop of third-party chargers for navigation where the program is available. We’d hope that this implementation of qualified third-party chargers also comes to North America, as NACS is becoming the de facto standard for charging.

If Tesla does expand the display of third-party chargers to other regions, it’ll likely be similar to what we see in Europe today, and won’t be as open as Rivian’s implementation in ABRP.

Tesla Begins Testing FSD in China

By Karan Singh
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Tesla was recently granted permission to test FSD on Chinese streets – specifically in Shanghai. Just recently, Elon Musk visited China and discussed the potential for FSD to come to China.

Gearing Up for FSD China

This is just the first step for Tesla to begin its customer deployments of FSD – Tesla conducts similar ADAS testing in North America, where special testing vehicles and testing employees run the latest FSD (Supervised) versions against a gamut of real-world, real-life tests.

Tesla has recently been working on translating FSD release notes into multiple languages, alongside building a data center in Shanghai and establishing an FSD Operations and Labelling team at the same center. These are the first, key steps to bringing FSD to a new market that has unique and different traffic rules when compared North America.

China doesn’t have the regulatory hurdles or challenges that Tesla faces in Europe to bring FSD and has been working with Chinese corporations as well as the government, which has now provided its official approval for FSD testing in-country.

We might even see FSD deployed to early testing customers in China by the end of 2025.

ADAS Competitors

There are quite a few competitors in the Chinese market already- with challengers like Xpeng and Xiaomi working on building their own homegrown systems, mostly driven by a mixture of cameras, radars, ultrasonic sensors, and LIDAR. However, many of these systems face similar challenges to other non-Chinese competitors and don’t have the mileage under their belts to tackle Tesla’s dominating lead in data and data processing.

European Union

Tesla is poising itself for an FSD rollout internationally, with increased testing also taking place in the UK, France, and Spain – some of the key locations with unique infrastructure in the European Union. However, some EU-specific regulations restrict how FSD can perform – each and every action must be manually approved by the driver. Until that regulation is changed to adapt to systems like FSD, it won’t be making its way there just yet.

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