Tesla Releases Major Update to FSD Beta, v11.3.1 Is Now Available for Some

By Nuno Cristovao
Tesla has publicly released FSD Beta v11.3.1 to some owners
Tesla has publicly released FSD Beta v11.3.1 to some owners

After many months of waiting, Tesla has finally released its next major update to FSD Beta. Early this morning Tesla released FSD Beta v11.3.1 to some of its customers.

Most of the customers that received this latest beta were part of Tesla's initial 1,000 public beta testers. This means that only a fraction of a percentage of FSD Beta users have access to this latest beta.

According to the NHTSA, Tesla now has over 362,000 owners who have FSD Beta installed on their vehicles.

Per Elon Musk's previous comments on Twitter, Tesla expects to release bug fixes to this beta before releasing this beta out more widely. He expects FSD Beta v11.3.2 to be the one that goes out widely to Tesla's customers.

Big Improvements with 'OTA Recall'

Another major change that we're seeing with FSD Beta v11.3.1 is the inclusion of fixes that address the NHTSA's concerns with the beta.

The NHTSA brought up several concerns with Tesla's FSD Beta in mid-February and Tesla paused the release of FSD Beta to new owners until the issues were addressed.

However, Tesla wasted no time addressing these issues by including fixes in FSD Beta 11.3.1 less than a month later.

The fixes address several safety issues, including the vehicle being more cautious when approaching yellow lights. According to the release notes FSD Beta will now take more things into account before going through a yellow light; considering things such as the amount of time needed to stop, time needed to drive through the intersection, the position of the vehicle, and the amount of time before the light turns red.

This is certainly impressive, and while it's essentially what we as humans do when encountering a yellow light,  the precision and speed that FSD Beta can likely calculate these values will likely be far better than a human's.

Another large fix addresses how the vehicle sets its speed and handles speed limit signs. Previously the vehicle would determine its speed based on the speed limit and the driver's chosen speed offset. However, the problem was that the vehicle would only adjust its speed once it had passed a new speed limit sign, causing it to be over the speed limit for a certain period.

With this update, FSD Beta will now adjust the vehicle's speed before reaching a detected speed limit sign. The vehicle will also be more assertive in slowing down if the new speed limit sign is much lower than the vehicle's current speed.

Voice Drive-Notes

With this beta Tesla has included 'voice drive-notes.' This appeared to be Tesla's replacement for the snapshot button, although early testers appear to have both, the snapshot button and voice drive-notes. Upon a disengagement, the driver is presented with a chance to provide more detailed feedback on the disengagement through an audio recording.

Ironically, this feature doesn't appear in Tesla's FSD Beta v11.3.1 release notes like it did in v11.3, but according to beta testers the feature is there.

Expanded Automatic Emergency Braking

One of the features we were excited to see mentioned in Tesla's v11.3 release notes were improvements to Tesla's Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB).

Tesla's improvements to AEB went beyond the standard functionality, adding the ability to detect and react to vehicles that cross the car's path or steal the right of way, such as a vehicle that runs a red light or cuts off the Tesla.

According to Tesla, nearly half of the collisions of this nature would be avoided with this newly expanded system. From Tesla's release notes in FSD Beta v11.3, Tesla stated:

Expanded Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) to handle vehicles that cross ego's path. This includes cases where other vehicles run their red light or turn across ego's path, stealing the right-of-way. Replay of previous collisions of this type suggests that 49% of the events would be mitigated by the new behavior. This improvement is now active in both manual driving and autopilot operation.

This feature is also not mentioned in Tesla's release notes for v11.3.1 so it's unclear whether it's just not mentioned like Tesla's voice drive-notes, or if the feature is not included in this update. It's certainly understandable if Tesla needs to test it further, as v11.3 was an internal-only beta and not all features are expected to be in the following public release.

Different Release Notes

There may be other differences between FSD Beta v11.3.1 and v11.3 since the release notes vary quite drastically. However, it's not clear if Tesla simply chose to highlight different features in the release notes of the public release.

Release to All

As with most Tesla updates, expect this update to roll out slowly as Tesla closely monitors it. Depending on issues discovered, Tesla may either expand the update to more owners or choose to address issues before distributing it further.

In the past, it has taken up to a month before the latest FSD Beta is available to all available owners. Before sure to check out the release notes for FSD Beta v11.3.1 to see everything that's included.

Tesla Reduces Price of FSD Subscription to $99 Per Month [Subscriptions Now Available in Canada Too!]

By Not a Tesla App Staff

Tesla just dropped its FSD subscription pricing dramatically in the U.S., lowering the cost from $199 to $99 per month. However, not everyone is thrilled with the new pricing.

For owners who bought the Enhanced Autopilot package for $6,000 USD, Tesla offered a lower-priced FSD subscription of $99, instead of $199. However, with this new FSD price reduction, EAP owners are no longer receiving a discount.

FSD Subscription Expansion

Currently, the FSD subscription is only available in the U.S., but plans for expansion are underway. Tesla's Rohan Patel recently announced that the subscription will soon be available in Canada, alongside the introduction of an annual plan for Premium Connectivity. 

This expansion into the Canadian market is anticipated to follow a similar pricing strategy, adjusted for the currency exchange rate, possibly setting the cost at approximately $140 CAD per month.

Update: Tesla has just announced that FSD subscriptions are now available in Canada! What’s even more surprising is the unexpectedly low subscription price of $99 CAD. Tesla took to X to announce the availability in Canada but unfortunately didn’t reveal any additional information regarding the subscriptions.

Is Buying FSD Still Worth It?

Despite the lowered subscription price, the outright purchase price for FSD remains steep at $12,000. This price point equates to subscribing to the service for over 10 years. Given that the average length of car ownership in the U.S. is about 8 years, this makes the current price of buying FSD unattractive to most. The saving grace of buying FSD is that you know what you're paying for the life of the vehicle and can avoid any potential subscription price increases.

Temporary Reduction or Long-term Strategy?

Tesla has not confirmed whether the price reduction is a temporary promotional tactic or a permanent adjustment. The timing coincides with Tesla's release of FSD v12 and its trial offer, suggesting that the company is keen on encouraging more drivers to experience FSD. This approach not only boosts user engagement but also accelerates the volume of data Tesla can collect to improve the system.

FSD With Referral Credits

Although Tesla hasn't adjusted the price of buying FSD, it is tweaking its referral program to accommodate the new price. Three months of FSD are now available through Tesla's referral program for 6,000 credits, reduced from the previous 12,000 credits.

Tesla's reduction in FSD in the U.S. and its planned expansion into Canada reflect a strategic initiative to make FSD more accessible and financially attractive to a broader audience. There's no doubt this change will increase the number of FSD subscriptions, but it'll be interesting to see how much. To break even, Tesla would need to double the number of subscriptions, but they likely have their eyes set much higher.

If you currently subscribe to FSD, Tesla has automatically reduced future payments to the lower $99 price point.

Tesla Cybertruck to Receive Additional Features in Upcoming Update

By Not a Tesla App Staff

Tesla frequently introduces new models or trim levels before all the software features are available. This situation also applies to the Cybertruck, where several features are still in development.

In the 2024.8 update, Tesla added a handful of features to help the Cybertruck catch up in the software department, adding features such as Reset Tire Mileage, Rear Passenger Headphones, Auto Wipers and others. Tesla also added a Cybertruck exclusive feature that sets off the truck's alarm if the trailer is unhitched from the vehicle.

However, Tesla continues to improve Cybertruck's software. The company is planning an upcoming update that will let the truck charge faster and add Tesla's convenient cabin overheat protection feature.

According to Tesla's SVP of powertrain and energy, Drew Baglino, the Cybertruck's charging speed is about to be upgraded. This software update, slated for release later this quarter, is set to substantially improve the Cybertruck's charging curve and unlock faster charging times for owners. Baglino said the update will "let the Cybertruck get 154 miles of charge in just 15 minutes." That's a 20% increase over the truck's current 128 miles in 15 minutes.

Early reports on the Cybertruck's 4680 cells revealed a somewhat disappointing charging curve. The truck's charging speed would start at about 250kW, then drop off to about 150kW at ~40%. It would then level off at 75-80kW for the remainder of the charge.

It seems Tesla was being careful with the Cybertruck's new battery pack, but now, the company is ready to unlock additional throughput.

This fits Tesla's usual approach. The company likes to start conservatively and then improve its vehicles over time.

Cabin Overheat Protection

Another feature that's set to arrive on the Cybertruck is Cabin Overheat Protection (COP), according to the Cybertruck's program manager. This feature which keeps the cabin from overheating has been available in other models for several years, but it has yet to be made available for the Cybertruck.

In 2022, Tesla added the ability to customize the temperature at which COP would turn on. Users can now choose COP to activate at 90, 95 or 100º Fahrenheit. The Cybertruck's COP is expected to match the same features available in other models.

Given that Tesla's SVP and program manager have officially commented on these upcoming features, it may not be long before we see them available in an upcoming update.

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