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 to Automatically Activate Climate System If Occupant Left in Vehicle

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla will automatically activate the vehicle's climate system when there is an occupant in the vehicle
Tesla will automatically activate the vehicle's climate system when there is an occupant in the vehicle
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently committed to enhancing the safety features of Tesla's electric vehicles following a conversation with a concerned owner on Twitter. The upcoming improvement will focus on better occupant detection and maintaining comfort levels within the cabin.

A Tesla owner voices concerns

The discussion began when a Tesla owner shared her experience leaving her children in the vehicle while running an errand. Upon exiting, the car shut down, and her older child had to interact with the infotainment system to reactivate it. @Tesladiva99 expressed concerns about the potential implications for young children if left unattended.

She tweeted:

"@elonmusk, I left my teenager and little in the car to go into the store. The car instantly shut off, and my oldest had to touch the screen to turn it back on. If an infant was left, the car would shut down. Can y’all do something to detect people in the car and keep temp on?"

Musk responds with a pledge to enhance safety

In response to the tweet, Musk explained that Tesla vehicles are designed to maintain a safe temperature within the cabin even when the car appears to be "off," a feature meant to protect infants and pets known as Cabin Overheat Protection. However, the feature can be turned off by the owner to reduce battery consumption. Musk acknowledged that the current system could be improved and committed to making the necessary changes.

"Tesla car temp is automatically kept within a safe range, even when the car appears 'off,' in order to protect infants & pets. That said, it would be more convenient to keep the car 'on' for entertainment & comfort if the camera detects occupants. We will make that change," Musk replied.

According to Musk's statement, Tesla will likely implement the new safety feature through an upcoming software update. It is important to note that this update will likely only apply to Tesla vehicles equipped with a cabin camera.

In the meantime, owners could use Camp Mode.

Tesla may choose to automatically activate one of its 'stay-on' climate system features when it senses an occupant in the vehicle. However, since Camp Mode disables the walk-away locking feature of the vehicle, it's not clear whether Tesla will instead automatically activate 'Keep Climate On' or allow the walk-away door lock feature while in Camp Mode.

The significance of social media in customer-company communication

This latest interaction between Musk and a Tesla owner demonstrates the value of the Twitter platform for addressing customer concerns and driving product improvement. Musk has repeatedly stated how companies can leverage Twitter to receive customer feedback and make necessary changes to enhance their products and services.

A Trip Down Memory Lane: The Electrifying Rivalry Between Elon Musk and Jeremy Clarkson [Video]

By Kevin Armstrong
Elon Musk and Jeremy Clarkson have an ongoing feud
Elon Musk and Jeremy Clarkson have an ongoing feud
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The automotive world has witnessed many rivalries throughout history, but none quite as electrifying as the ongoing feud between Tesla CEO Elon Musk and British television presenter Jeremy Clarkson. These two larger-than-life personalities have consistently butted heads over electric vehicles, Tesla's performance, and the future of transportation. Let's take a trip down memory lane and relive some of the most memorable moments from this epic battle of wits and opinions.

The Spark That Ignited the Feud

It all began in 2008, when Clarkson, then a host of the popular British television show Top Gear, reviewed Tesla's first production car (video below), the Roadster. In Season 12, Episode 7, Clarkson was critical of the Roadster's range and reliability, with the segment featuring the car running out of battery and breaking down. Tesla quickly claimed that the breakdown was staged for dramatic effect, a claim that BBC denied.

The Aftermath and Legal Action

Tesla didn't take Clarkson's review lightly. In 2011, the electric car manufacturer filed a lawsuit against BBC, alleging defamation and malicious falsehood. However, the British High Court dismissed the case in 2013, with the judge stating that no Top Gear viewer would have reasonably compared the Roadster's performance to that of a traditional sports car based on the episode.

The War of Words

The legal battle didn't put an end to the rivalry. Over the years, Musk and Clarkson exchanged barbs through interviews and social media. In a 2018 interview with The Independent, Clarkson called Musk "an idiot" and claimed they "almost had a fight." In response, Musk took to Twitter and called Clarkson "weird" and "rude." In 2021, Clarkson talked about Musk's kids' unique names and suggested he call them "John or Jane or whatever."

The Twitter Battle

The rivalry between Musk and Clarkson has expanded beyond the realm of electric vehicles. Recently, Clarkson shared his thoughts on Musk's new Twitter laws and claimed that the new CEO should be paying him to use the social media network. In his Sunday Times column, Clarkson expressed his outrage at the proposed new costs for blue tick verification. He argued that he brings in advertising for the platform and should not be paying for the verification. This latest episode showcases the enduring feud between these two influential figures.

The Autopilot Debate

Clarkson has also criticized Tesla's Autopilot feature, questioning its safety and reliability. He once called it "an accident waiting to happen" after a fatal accident involving a Tesla Model S operating on Autopilot in 2016. However, Musk has dismissed Clarkson's concerns as biased and uninformed, insisting that critics have an outdated view of electric vehicles and are resistant to change.

The Model X Review and Beyond

Despite his new-found popularity, Clarkson didn't shy away from critiquing Tesla. In a 2019 episode of The Grand Tour, he reviewed the Tesla Model X, acknowledging its advancements while questioning its design and practicality. Clarkson said, "The truth is, the world's most hated car company has changed the world," but he also questioned whether electric vehicles would ever fully replace internal combustion engine cars.

The Grand Tour and Clarkson's Farm

After leaving Top Gear, Clarkson and co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May launched The Grand Tour on Amazon Studios. The show continued to feature Tesla vehicles and maintain a critical stance on electric cars. However, Clarkson's image softened with the release of his show Clarkson's Farm, which showcased his love for farming and the challenges he faced in running a farm. The show garnered a new fan base and a more sympathetic public image, but he still prefers internal combustion.


In a surprising twist, Elon Musk appeared on Top Gear in 2020, discussing Tesla's progress and the future of electric vehicles with the show's presenters. Though Clarkson was not involved in the episode, the appearance marked a notable moment in the rivalry's history.

The ongoing feud between Elon Musk and Jeremy Clarkson is a fascinating chapter in the automotive world. As electric vehicles become increasingly popular, the rivalry between these two influential figures serves as a reminder of the broader debate surrounding the future of transportation. With the latest development involving Twitter, it's clear that their rivalry continues to evolve and shows no signs of slowing down. Fans of both individuals can only wait and see what the next chapter holds for this electrifying tale.

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