Tesla's FSD Beta Could Be Unleashed in Europe Sooner Than Expected

By Kevin Armstrong
New regulations on driver assist systems is being prioritized in Europe
New regulations on driver assist systems is being prioritized in Europe
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The European Commission intends to prioritize the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Regulation on Driver Control Assistance Systems (DCAS), which could help speed up the arrival of Tesla's FSD Beta in Europe or even allow Tesla to re-enable some Autopilot features that have been removed in parts of Europe.

According to a recent tweet by @elektrotimmy, the final draft for the DCAS was originally expected to be completed by 2024, with approval for FSD potentially coming in January 2025. However, the European Commission has now decided to give the DCAS the highest priority and aims to complete the regulation this year. The final draft is expected to be ready as early as September 2023.

Expedited Timeline May See FSD Beta in Europe by January 2024

This change in priority means that FSD Beta could become available in Europe at the earliest by January 2024, and at the latest by the summer of 2024. The acceleration of the timeline will likely be welcome news for Tesla owners and enthusiasts in Europe who have been eagerly awaiting FSD capabilities.

To further speed up the process, the European Commission plans to separate hands-on (Phase 1) from hands-off (Phase 2) functionalities. This means that even if hands-off is not yet allowed in the United States by that time, only hands-on will be permitted in Europe until Phase 2 is completed. Additionally, discussions are underway to determine if a closed testing phase can be allowed before the January 2024 approval date.

This is Speculative, but Positive News

It is important to note, as @elektrotimmy emphasizes, that the accelerated timeline for the UNECE Regulation on DCAS is not a guarantee that Tesla will roll out FSD Beta across Europe at that time. However, it will be allowed for Tesla from then on, and it is expected that the company will not wait to make the beta available to European customers.

While the expedited timeline is promising, there is still a possibility of unexpected delays. Working groups and committees meet only on specific dates, and a significant delay could occur if documents are not ready by the meeting date. Nonetheless, this development signifies a major step forward for Tesla's Full Self-Driving technology in Europe and, potentially, a faster rollout for European drivers.

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
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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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