Tesla Releases FSD Beta 11.3.1 to Employees; Addresses NHTSA's Concerns

By Nuno Cristovao
Tesla has released FSD Beta 11.3.1 to employees
Tesla has released FSD Beta 11.3.1 to employees

Tesla has released an update to the much anticipated FSD Beta v11, which is currently in internal testing. The update is version 2022.45.10 and it's FSD Beta 11.3.1. This update is going out to employees that were presumably on FSD Beta 11.3 before. Beta 11.3 was version 2022.45.5.

Although complete release notes are not available right now, an employee has released a photo of part of the release notes, which includes a new visualization.

New Visualization

In beta 11.3, Tesla redesigned the blue path so that it would consume the width of the vehicle, making it obvious which objects may be in the vehicle's path.

Tesla also added a red line to show where the vehicle was set to stop. It appears that this line has now been changed to white, to make it match better aesthetically. However, it looks like Tesla has also added chevrons to part of the path. 

Our interpretation is that the chevrons will only show up when the vehicle is slowing down, similar to how they appear on the highway when the vehicle is reducing its speed because of slow-moving traffic in adjacent lanes.

Wide Release to Public Testers

Several weeks ago Elon Musk said that he expects Tesla to have several updates to FSD Beta 11.3 before it goes to 'wide release.' He mentioned that Beta 11.3.2 may be the version that finally goes out to most testers. It appears that Tesla continues to make progress and is inching toward that goal.

This update likely includes bug fixes to Beta 11.3, but it also appears to address some of the NHTSA's concerns, such as slowing down before reaching a lower speed limit sign.

We don't expect this update to go out to any public testers given the odd-week version number (2022.45), but Tesla has been releasing some versions that go against what they've done historically lately (2023.6), so never say never.

We should have more information on the update soon.

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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