Elon Musk Says Tesla Will Roll Out FSD Beta V11 Next Week

By Lennon Cihak
Tesla's Full Self-Driving will finally be updated to v11
Tesla's Full Self-Driving will finally be updated to v11
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Tesla's FSD Beta version 11 is expected to arrive next week, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk. This comes a few days after Tesla started rolling out FSD Beta 10.69.3.3.

The outspoken CEO responded to a comment from Tesla Owners Silicon Valley’s account asking about FSD Beta version 11’s release. To which Musk responded, “Next week.”

The Austin-based automotive company has slowly started rolling out FSD Beta v11 to select employees, but now it's rumored to be a part of Tesla's Holiday Update. The update, which is perhaps one of Tesla’s biggest to date, is chock-full of exciting features such as Steam and Apple Music integration, new media cards and controls, and hopefully a single-stack for Full Self-Driving Beta.

Unifying highway and city driving into a single stack is expected to bring big improvements to highway Autopilot use. In technology, a single stack refers to using the same technologies for multiple applications instead of having separate technologies for different features or services. Applying the much better and recent FSD Beta technology to highway driving will allow Tesla to combine all of the data it has gathered from city driving and apply it to its Navigate on Autopilot feature.

This integration between all of Tesla’s technologies will likely mean much smoother merging, lane changes and cornering on the highway. The city-driving visuals are also expected to be applied to highway driving.

One of the recent builds of FSD Beta v11 was spotted last month and the release notes have recently been leaked, showing that this new beta will in fact merge highway and city driving. This internal only version was version 2022.40.5, is not expected to be the build that will go out to the public.

Merging of FSD Beta and Production Updates

When FSD Beta v11 goes out to beta testers next week, it's expected to be a part of the Holiday Update, which means that FSD Beta and regular production builds will finally be merged and beta testers will no longer remain on a separate track.

For owners who are not in the FSD Beta, this means that they'll finally have access to the FSD Beta by simply turning on the option in the vehicle. FSD Beta will no longer be a separate version or update.

For exisiting beta testers this will also be a big deal. Beta testers will now stay current with the latest updates and features and will not have to wait months between updates.

Tesla's single-stack was exected as early as this summer, but that timeframe conveyed by Elon was likely overly optimistic.

But now that it’s going wide in about a week, the wait is almost over. And we’re likely going to see major improvements to Navigate on Autopilot and FSD in 2023 and beyond, especially as Tesla gears up to add HD radar next month, the announcement of hardware 4, and the revamped 2023 Model 3.

We’re anticipating 2023 to be a big year for Tesla.

Tesla Begins Testing FSD in China

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

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.

Tesla Cybertruck to Receive Charging Improvements in Upcoming Update

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Former Tesla VP of Powertrain and Energy Drew Baglino previously mentioned that Cybertruck would be receiving charging improvements soon.

Wes Morrill, Tesla’s Cybertruck lead engineer, recently reposted Baglino’s comments on the charge speed update on June 16th and mentioned that it would be coming soon via OTA.

Charging Improvements

The 4680 cell has seen some difficulties in its charge curve, similar to Tesla’s other vehicles that have been deployed with the 4680. Tesla has alluded to difficulties in the manufacturing curve previously, and also with engineering improvements to the new cell standard, and eventually stopped manufacturing the Model Y with the 4680 cells.

However, this is the first time that Tesla has begun to deploy major improvements to the 4680 cell. It appears the improvements will allow up to 154 miles to be recovered in 15 minutes, which is approximately a 30% improvement to current charge rates.

We’re hoping that these improvements to the 4680 will also translate to older Model Y vehicles that have 4680 cells, which will be key to the owners of these vehicles. 4680 production is currently mainly focused on Powerwall, Megapack, and Cybertruck – with Semi not using 4680 yet.

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