Tesla Employees To Receive FSD Beta 11.4.1 Today, As Musk Looks Ahead to FSD Beta v12

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla to release FSD Beta 11.4.1 to employees today
Tesla to release FSD Beta 11.4.1 to employees today
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Elon Musk announced Tesla's Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta 11.4.1 will be released to employees today. In a series of tweets, Musk lauded the update as a "major improvement" and suggested that it could have been labeled as version 12.0 due to its numerous enhancements.

Musk Praises 11.4.1 as a "Major Improvement"

As is typical with FSD Beta releases, Tesla plans to expand the update gradually, starting with its employees before moving on to the original testers and then further widening the user base as confidence in the system's safety and performance increases. The company extensively tests its updates through simulations and QA drivers, but Musk acknowledges the complexity of real-world driving conditions.

The release of FSD Beta 11.4.1 to Tesla employees follows recent positive reviews from Musk. Musk previously tweeted that the 11.4 update was "excellent" after driving to random pin drop locations in Austin, Texas, without any safety-critical interventions.

The Road to Full Self-Driving Technology

FSD Beta 11.4.1 brings several significant enhancements to Tesla's autonomous driving technology, including improved pedestrian recognition and response, better responsiveness to vulnerable road users, and weather-adaptive speed control. These advancements showcase Tesla's commitment to perfecting its Full Self-Driving technology through fleet learning, user feedback, and rigorous testing.

FSD Beta v12

Musk stated that version 12 is reserved for when FSD becomes an end-to-end artificial intelligence (AI) system, controlling everything from image input to steering, braking, and acceleration output. Tesla currently uses AI to detect things like cars, road edges and other objects, however, vehicle output like steering and acceleration is accomplished with a more traditional approach. However, the upcoming 11.4.1 beta update is already praised for its significant improvements.

As anticipation for the public release of FSD Beta 11.4.1 grows, Tesla owners and enthusiasts eagerly await the opportunity to experience the update's improved safety features and driving performance. In addition, Elon Musk's recent announcement and praise for the system heightened expectations and reinforced Tesla's commitment to developing and refining autonomous driving technology. With the release of FSD Beta 11.4.1 to employees and the promise of a gradual expansion, the future of Full Self-Driving technology becomes increasingly tangible and exciting.

A Better Routeplanner 5.0 Launches; Adds EV Charger Ratings Using Rivian Data

By Karan Singh
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A Better Routeplanner 5.0 launched yesterday, and there are some pretty awesome features coming to all EV owners courtesy of Rivian. Rivian purchased ABRP last year and has made good on its promises to continue its improvement and ensure it remains open to all EV owners.

Charger Scoring

Rivian recently added a feature that would rate any chargers compatible with Rivian vehicles. The list of chargers includes Rivian Adventure Network (RAN) chargers, Tesla Superchargers and any other compatible third-party chargers. The charger score is automatically calculated based on the station's average top speed and reliability.

With the launch of ABRP 5.0, Rivian is integrating its charger scores directly into the free tier of ABRP so that all EV owners can benefit. ABRP users will now be able to see charger scores, and ABRP will automatically route users to chargers with higher scores if they are available on your route.

Google Automotive

Another cool feature for ABRP is that it will now be available as an app to install and use directly in vehicles that support Google Automotive. Any EV that uses Google Automotive, including Volvo,  Polestar, Ford, and GM will support the in-system experience, which will also provide data for charger scoring and routing.

This will be an excellent way to hold third-party networks accountable, which have commonly suffered from uptime or speed issues.

Tesla’s Implementation

Tesla previously implemented a “Qualified Third-Party Charger” program, that would allow highly-rated third-party chargers that meet a strict set of requirements to be displayed directly in the vehicle. However, this is currently limited to Europe and parts of the Middle East. Within North America, Tesla only displays third-party Tesla destination chargers in addition to Superchargers.

While Tesla doesn’t directly show charger scores, they clearly are tracking charge data, and are providing the cream of the crop of third-party chargers for navigation where the program is available. We’d hope that this implementation of qualified third-party chargers also comes to North America, as NACS is becoming the de facto standard for charging.

If Tesla does expand the display of third-party chargers to other regions, it’ll likely be similar to what we see in Europe today, and won’t be as open as Rivian’s implementation in ABRP.

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.

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