Tesla Releases FSD Beta 11.3.3: Starts Going Out to Owners

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla is sending out FSD Beta v11.3.3 to owners
Tesla is sending out FSD Beta v11.3.3 to owners

Tesla released FSD Beta 11.3.3, version 2022.45.12 to employees last night. Early this morning Tesla transitioned to a public release and started sending out the beta to various consumers.

This release appears to focus on bug fixes, as the release notes remain the same as beta 11.3.2.


The expansion of 11.3.2 was halted after reaching about 9% of testers. We can only assume that Tesla identified a critical issue that needed to be addressed. The release of 11.3.3 is expected to fix these issues and expand to more users.

Tesla sent out a large wave this morning to update owners that were on beta 11.3.2.

New Visualizations and Feedback Feature

Tesla also introduced new driving visualizations, such as a wider path, blue chevrons, a stop line, and blue traffic lights. Additionally, the update includes the "Voice Drive Notes" feature, which allows drivers to provide hands-free feedback on Autopilot disengagement.

You can also check out our in-depth look at FSD Beta v11.3 visualizations and options.

What's in FSD Version 11

The update includes a myriad of improvements to FSD Beta's features and performance, such as:

Unifying the vision and planning stack on and off-highway replaces the legacy highway stack and integrates multi-camera video networks with next-gen planners, resulting in smoother control and better decision-making capabilities.

Better positioning in wide lanes by biasing in the direction of the upcoming turn to allow other cars to maneuver around the Tesla vehicle more efficiently.

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Smoother lane changes in dense traffic scenarios, allowing higher acceleration during the alignment phase for more natural gap selection when overtaking adjacent vehicles.

Enhanced handling during scenarios with high curvature or large trucks, maintaining safe distances to other vehicles on the road and increasing comfort for passengers.

Improved driving behavior next to parked cars in narrow lanes, preferring to offset and staying within the lane instead of unnecessarily lane changing away or slowing down.

New text blurbs on the user interface to communicate upcoming maneuvers and improved visualization of upcoming slowdowns along the vehicle's path.

Chevrons render at varying opacity and speed to indicate the slowdown intensity, with a solid line appearing at locations where the car will come to a stop.

NHTSA Recalls

Moreover, Tesla is addressing specific behaviors within FSD Beta as part of a recent recall. These improvements include:

More natural and human-like yellow light handling by modeling the decision as a tradeoff framework that considers estimated deceleration, time to enter and exit the intersection, and the distance traversed across the intersection before the light transitions to red.

Enhanced speed adjustment when entering certain speed zones by allowing for earlier control for detected speed limit signs and adjusting the assertiveness of the response accordingly.

A visual glow behind the speed limit icon on the user interface alerts the driver when the vehicle's set speed exceeds the detected speed limit by more than 50%.

Updated behavior for certain scenarios where the Tesla may maneuver from a turn lane to continue traveling straight, treating these maneuvers as a lane change with the turn indicator used to alert other drivers of the Tesla's intent.

Another Step Toward Autonomous

With this update, Tesla aims to enhance its Full Self-Driving system's overall user experience and safety. The company is continuously refining the technology through fleet learning, user feedback, and rigorous testing to bring autonomous driving closer to reality.

Tesla has been stressing the importance of driver vigilance even while using the FSD Beta, reminding drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. The release notes reiterate that the system may not detect all objects and may not brake or slow down for crossing traffic or stationary objects, particularly when moving at high speeds.

As Tesla continues to refine its Full Self-Driving technology, the company faces increasing competition from other automakers and tech companies, such as Waymo, Cruise, and Argo AI, who are all working on developing their autonomous driving systems. Nevertheless, these updates signify Tesla's commitment to the development and improvement of its self-driving technology, inching closer to a future where autonomous vehicles are more commonplace on the roads.

The release of FSD Beta 11.3.3 is a step forward for Tesla in addressing the challenges faced in previous versions and improving the functionality and safety of its autonomous driving system. As the company works on expanding its fleet of FSD Beta testers and gathers crucial data to make further enhancements, the future of autonomous driving becomes closer to becoming a reality for Tesla owners.

Navigating Challenges: Will Tesla Meet Earnings Expectations Amid Chinese Headwinds?

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla may be facing one of its toughest quarters
Tesla may be facing one of its toughest quarters

As Tesla prepares to release its third-quarter earnings amidst a wave of speculation and market uncertainty, the eyes of analysts and investors are fixed firmly on the EV giant. Dan Levy of Barclays, often a supporter of Tesla, forecasts potential delivery shortfalls, setting the scene for a pivotal report that could influence Tesla's trajectory in the coming quarters.

Potential Hurdles: The China Factor, Model 3, and Cybertruck

The anticipated 455,000 units for the quarter, while substantial, fall shy of the expected 463,000, prompting questions regarding Tesla's ability to meet Wall Street's projections. China, representing a significant portion of Tesla's market, poses a particular challenge. A 31% dip in Tesla's China-made vehicle sales from June to July marks the first decline since the previous December, spotlighting potential hurdles in this vital market.

Model 3 Revamp and Cybertruck

The introduction of the revamped Model 3 generates both opportunities and challenges. The anticipation of a new model may be causing potential buyers to delay purchases, impacting sales globally. This shift in consumer behavior necessitates efficient inventory management to clear out older models and make way for the refreshed Model 3. But just how much does Tesla have to discount the original Model 3? There is still no firm date for the Highland coming to North America.

The upcoming Cybertruck, with over 2 million reservations, represents another variable in Tesla's equation. While many reservation holders may already own a Tesla, many are likely biding their time, holding on to their traditional ICE vehicles as they await the arrival of Tesla's innovative electric truck.

Navigating Challenges: Analysts' Stance and Market Sentiment

Despite these challenges, the analyst community holds a generally neutral view of Tesla. Strategic adjustments in production, pricing strategies, and external factors like the ongoing United Auto Workers strike affecting other automakers could benefit Tesla. While there may be a miss on this quarter, there are likely to be significant numbers ahead. When the new Model 3 and Cybertruck are available, there will be a lot of demand and a lot of deliveries.

With the release of next week's earnings report, Tesla is at a crucial juncture. The China factor, consumer anticipation for new models, and internal strategic adjustments set the stage for a closely watched reveal. The report is more than just a revelation of numbers; it's a litmus test for the company's strategic decisions, market adaptability, and ability to meet growing expectations.

Optimus Progress: Tesla Unveils Impressive Advancements [Video]

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla shows off the latest capabilities of its robot, Optimus
Tesla shows off the latest capabilities of its robot, Optimus

Tesla's venture into the realm of humanoid robots, represented by Optimus, has taken colossal strides since its inception. Remember the first "robot" that was a person dressed up? Or the second one that was barely able to move? Initially met with skepticism due to a less-than-stellar unveiling, the latest updates showcase Optimus' ability to autonomously sort objects and move around — specifically doing yoga and revealing Elon Musk's vision inching closer to reality.

From Skepticism to Anticipation

Initially introduced at AI Day 2021, Optimus — or Tesla Bot — came off as a half-baked concept featuring a dancer in a robot suit, sparking doubts across the spectrum. The journey from a man in a suit and a CGI trailer to working prototypes in AI Day 2022 reflects Tesla's unwavering dedication to innovation. The skeptics have served a stark reminder: Tesla's capability for rapid advancement is unparalleled.

Recent demonstrations depict a more refined Optimus, exhibiting fluid movements, advanced balancing capabilities, autonomous task execution, and even dealing with an annoying human who keeps messing with the blocks! These advancements indicate Tesla's relentless progress in neural network training, ensuring that Optimus can interact autonomously and adapt efficiently to real-world scenarios.

Autonomous Learning, Adaptation & Safety

Autonomous sorting and self-calibration are indicative of the significant leaps made by Optimus. The robot's ability to learn, correct, and adapt showcases a future where monotonous, repetitive tasks are relegated to the past, allowing humanity to explore uncharted territories of creativity and innovation.

Safety remains paramount as Musk emphasizes the necessity for local safety maximization, highlighting the commitment to integrating Optimus seamlessly and safely into society. The promise of a centralized pause function showcases a thoughtful approach to ensuring human control and oversight.

Versatility and Vision

In a captivating display of versatility, Optimus was seen performing yoga poses, a testament to its adaptability and range of potential applications beyond industrial tasks. With Elon Musk envisioning Optimus performing ballet one day, the boundaries seem limitless for this technological marvel. In the video Tesla talks about Optimus's capabilities, stating:

“Tesla Optimus is now capable of self-calibrating its arms and legs. Using only vision and joint position encoders, it can precisely locate its limbs in space. Accurately calibrated, Optimus learns various tasks more efficiently. Its neural net runs entirely on-board, using only vision. For example, it can sort these blocks by color fully autonomously. And it does so while dealing with the dynamic reality of our world. Optimus also demonstrates autonomous, corrective action capabilities. It can be trained to conduct new tasks, such as un-sorting. And after a long day of work, time to stretch. Namaste!”

Musk's bullish predictions hint at Optimus contributing substantially to Tesla's long-term value. With a potential demand reaching billions of units, Optimus is poised to revolutionize industries and redefine the integration of robotics in daily life. A 2027 release might have seemed ambitious, but given the rapid progress, it is increasingly plausible.

Tesla's Optimus program illustrates ambition, innovation, and rapid development from CGI skepticism to witnessing a more refined, adaptable, and autonomous robot. I, for one, can't wait for the next AI Day.

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