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
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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.

Release

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.

Tesla Begins Testing FSD in China

By Karan Singh
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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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