Tesla FSD Beta v11 headed for wide release

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla's FSD Beta 10.69.3
Tesla's FSD Beta 10.69.3
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Tesla's Full Self Driving (FSD) Beta Version 11 was released at 11:11 on November 11 as a possible nod to our veterans. As one of our readers pointed out, World War I officially ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. It was a nice touch by Tesla. All those ones fit brilliantly with FSD transitioning to a single stack, a system the Autopilot team has been working on for some time, and Elon Musk has stated his confidence. V11 spent the weekend with a limited number of users, believed to be some Tesla employees, but this version is expected to be operational in thousands of vehicles by the end of the year.

Musk did commit that everyone who has FSD in the U.S. and Canada will be able to access the program by the end of this year, possibly this month. However, a recent tweet by Musk sounds like it's going to be a tight deadline to make it before 2023. Musk posted: Given all that is in V11, it will take a few weeks to expand the beta, then another few weeks to go wide release to US & Canada.

The final V11 release notes will likely require a few pages. However, we did post the information that is available at this time, which includes moving to a single-stack solution and improved occupancy networks:

Enabled FSD Beta on highway. This unifies the vision and planning stack on and off-highway and replaces the legacy highway stack, which is over four years old. The legacy highway stack still relies on several single-camera and single-frame networks, and was setup to handle simple lane-specific maneuvers. FSD Beta's multi-camera video networks and next-gen planner, that allows for more complex agent interactions with less reliance on lanes, make way for adding more intelligent behaviors, smoother control and better decision making.

Improved Occupancy Network's recall for close by obstacles and precision in severe weather conditions with a 4x increase in transformer spatial resolution, 20% increase in image featurizer capacity, improved side camera calibration, and 260k more video training clips (real-world and simulation).

The highly anticipated and publicized 10.69 version will apparently not be the one that goes as the wide release. Musk jumped several numbers when naming the last FSD update. He thought it was so special it deserved a 69. Nevertheless, after a few significant updates to the .69 version, FSD has outgrown that number, and a new version name is needed.

The latest beta is version 10.69.3, although it's currently only available to employees and the original 1,000 public testers.

Next Beta

The plan was for beta 10.69.3 to slowly go out to all public testers, however, rumor has it that Tesla found several issues that need to be fixed before the beta is expanded further.

At this point, it's not clear whether Tesla will fix these issues with a minor update such as beta 10.69.3.1 and resume rolling out the beta or if Tesla will instead focus on updating users to v11.

If Tesla plans to have v11 on everyone's vehicles before the end of the year, they'll need to move quickly as there are roughly seven weeks before 2023.

When Tesla decides to expand FSD Beta v11 beyond employees, they'll likely be looking for feedback for any improvements needed. Due to the number of changes in v11 we may see this beta roll out slower than usual. I'd also expect v11 to have multiple revisions with fixes and minor improvements before it's released to the many owners who have never used FSD Beta before.

From Elon's comments on Twitter, it sounds like Tesla will gradually add more users to the FSD Beta until it's eventually available to everyone in the U.S. and Canada.

FSD Beta is expected to be available to more than 1 million users before the end year, more than 6x the number of users who have access to it today.

If we're lucky, we'll all be using one of Tesla's biggest enhancements to FSD Beta this time next month.

More About Tesla’s WiFi Garage Door Support, Its Cost and Features

By Nuno Cristovao
How MyQ will be integrated in Tesla vehicles
How MyQ will be integrated in Tesla vehicles
MyQ

Tesla is getting ready to introduce WiFi garage door support to their vehicles through MyQ.

Since our article yesterday additional details have emerged about how MyQ will operate, which vehicles will be supported and whether there will be a cost to use the service. This information is based on a page that appeared briefly on MyQ's website but has since been removed.

Vehicles Supported

MyQ's website stated that support for their garage door openers would be coming to the Model 3 and Model Y. While this makes a lot of sense because those vehicles don't include a HomeLink module, we'd be surprised if Tesla didn't also add support for the Model S and Model X.

Cost

Let's get cost out of the way. Although MyQ does not charge a fee today to remotely open and close their garage doors, they do plan on charging a fee to use their devices in vehicles. This could be looked at similarly to how some services are free to use on a PC but require a subscription to use on your mobile phone.

The price posted on MyQ's website was a five-year plan for $179, which is still cheaper than Tesla's $350 installation cost for HomeLink.

Unfortunately, this removes a big benefit we thought MyQ would have over buying a HomeLink module for the Model 3 or Model Y. For Model S and Model X owners who already have HomeLink included in their vehicles, it may not make as much sense.

However, MyQ does provide some advantages over HomeLink.

Integration

The good news is that MyQ integration will be very similar to HomeLink, and better in some ways. What appears to be a rendering of the feature working in a Tesla was also posted to their website which shows off a screen very similar to HomeLink.

On the MyQ settings screen, you'll have a list of supported devices on the left side, such as garage doors, gates and possibly lights, but we haven't see any evidence of the latter yet.

On the right side, you'll see options pertaining to the device selected, such as its current state, whether the garage door should auto-open or close and the distance when the device should be triggered.

You'll also be able to have the vehicle fold in its mirrors when reaching the target location.

If you've used HomeLink, this should all look very familiar since it's almost exactly the same. However, there are a couple of differences that give the advantage to MyQ.

The first is that MyQ is a smarter system and it knows the state of your garage door. So if you're arriving home and the garage door is already open, it won't try to close it on you.

The other advantage is distance. Since MyQ works over the internet you'll be able to trigger the garage door or gate from further down the driveway, giving the door plenty of time to fully open before you arrive.

MyQ supports an array of devices, but it waits to be seen whether there will be support for these additional devices such as lights and door locks.

Tesla expected to add HD radar to vehicles next month

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla discloses new hardware, is it HD radar?
Tesla discloses new hardware, is it HD radar?
@Taka87

Tesla requested more time for details to be kept confidential, and in doing so, everyone now knows something is up. A document dated November 18, 2022, appeared on Twitter on December 6. It’s from Tesla Inc. and addressed to the Federal Communications Commission. In the brief letter, Certification Engineer Cindy Li requests a 60-day extension of a previous agreement to keep a device secret. This mysterious letter set the Tesla sphere on fire with speculation to find out what is the secret device.

All we know from the letter is that model number 1541584 includes a user manual, internal photos, external photos, and test setup photos. Whatever this device is, it was going to be made public by the FCC on December 7, 2022. Tesla asked for an extension because the device will not be ready until mid-January 2023. The company wants to “avoid any unnecessary disclosure and competitive harm before our product launch…”

The poster of the letter, Twitter user @Taka87 reached out to well-known Tesla hacker @greentheonly, for some insight. The response: … something potentially major planned for mid-January which is just a bit over a month away... Like something that coincides with a sensor suite change.

That opens the door for the return of radar, which was removed last year and/or ultrasonic sensors, which Tesla just scrapped in October when it made the call to go completely with Tesla Vision. At that time, Tesla said in a statement: With today's software, this approach gives Autopilot high-definition spatial positioning, longer range visibility and the ability to identify and differentiate between objects. As with many Tesla features, our occupancy network will continue to improve rapidly over time.

There has also been a lot of speculation about HW4, where a high-resolution radar is believed to be part of the full self-driving sensor suite. HW4 goes as far back as the 2021 A.I. Day when Elon Musk said a new FSD computer would come out with the Cybertruck. This upgrade is now reportedly being developed by the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC). It is expected to be much more powerful than the current hardware by as much as four times.

Elon has also previously commented on HD radar, saying "A very high-resolution radar would be better than pure vision, but such a radar does not exist. I mean vision with high-res radar would be better than pure vision."

An unidentified part, closely resembling a new radar was found on Tesla's Parts Catalog back in September by @GreenTheOnly. This mysterious item was marked but suspiciously not given a name, a part number or a description. However, given Green's experience with the inner workings of these vehicles, Green believes it is a new Tesla radar. In a follow-up tweet, he doubled down on his stance, saying the part matches the high-resolution radar Tesla registered with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in June.

Fans recently spotted multiple Model 3 vehicles that had parts of the front and rear of the vehicle covered up. If Tesla is planning to add HD radar or change some of the vehicle's sensor suite, these vehicles may be testing exactly this.

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