A user on Reddit leaked the release notes for Tesla's next FSD Beta release
Tesla's most recent FSD Beta, v184.108.40.206 was released almost a month ago on October 19th, but it now looks like Tesla may be looking to release another FSD Beta update.
Release notes for an alleged subsequent version, FSD Beta 11.4.8, have surfaced on Reddit. While their authenticity isn't confirmed, the release notes use the same syntax and language Tesla typically uses. Here's a breakdown of what may be included in Tesla's next FSD release.
Update: These release notes have now been confirmed and the update is rolling out to Tesla employees for further testing. The update is version 2023.27.11.
Simplified Autopilot Activation
Single-Tap Autopilot: The update reportedly allows drivers to activate Autopilot with just one press of the stalk, instead of the current two-press method. This could make engaging and disengaging Autopilot quicker and more straightforward.
This feature, along with separate audio for passengers using the rear display recently made its way to production in update 2023.38.8, which adds some credibility to these leaked release notes. This could also mean that this version of FSD Beta may be based on a more recent production branch, instead of the current version of 2023.27, which is now starting to lag in terms of features.
Advanced Video Processing
New Video Module: A new video processing component has been introduced to improve vehicle detection, movement understanding (semantics), speed (velocity), and other attributes. This improvement means the system can process visual information more efficiently and quickly, enhancing overall performance.
Enhanced Object Detection
Better Object Detection: The system's ability to notice objects crossing its path is said to be improved by 6%. Additionally, vehicle detection has become more precise due to updated data and the new video module.
Improved Vehicle Interaction
Cut-In Vehicle Detection: The precision in detecting vehicles that cut into the Tesla's lane is reportedly improved by 15%. This is crucial for safer lane changes and merges.
Accuracy in Speed and Movement
Reduced Errors in Speed and Acceleration: The system now makes fewer errors in judging other vehicles' speed (by 3%) and acceleration (by 10%). This means a more accurate response in traffic.
Reduced Network Latency: The update claims to reduce the delay (latency) in the vehicle's decision-making network by 15%, allowing for quicker responses without compromising performance.
Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety
Rotation Error Reduction: There's an over 8% reduction in errors related to understanding how pedestrians and cyclists are moving or turning. This could improve interactions with these road users.
Enhanced Parking Assistance
Vision Park Assist Accuracy: The geometric accuracy of the Vision Park Assist system is improved by 16%, making parking assistance more reliable by leveraging data from hardware 4 vehicles. It appears that these improvements will apply to all vehicles without ultrasonic sensors, although it's not very clear.
Smoother Lane Changes
Lane Change Accuracy: The accuracy of lane changes in response to path blockages is improved by 10%, likely leading to smoother and safer driving in complex traffic situations.
While these updates, if true, indicate a continued effort by Tesla to refine and improve FSD Beta, Tesla also continues work on the next major release of FSD Beta, version 12. V12 is expected to be 'end-to-end' neural networks, which will be the first time that neural networks are used to control the vehicle.
The complete release notes that were shared on Reddit are below.
FSD Beta 11.4.8 Release Notes
-Added option to activate Autopilot with a single stalk depression, instead of two, to help simplify activation and disengagement.
-Introduced a new efficient video module to the vehicle detection, semantics, velocity, and attributes networks that allowed for increased performance at lower latency.This was achieved by creating a multi-layered, hierarchical video module that caches intermediate computations to dramatically reduce the amount of compute that happens at any particular time.
-Improved distant crossing object detections by an additional 6%, and improved the precision of vehicle detection by refreshing old datasets with better autolabeling and introducing the new video module.
-Improved the precision of cut-in vehicle detection by 15%, with additional data and the changes to the video architecture that improve performance and latency.
-Reduced vehicle velocity error by 3%, and reduced vehicle acceleration error by 10%, by improving autolabeled datasets, introducing the new video module, and aligning model training and inference more closely.
-Reduced the latency of the vehicle semantics network by 15% with the new video module architecture, at no cost to performance.
-Reduced the error of pedestrian and bicycle rotation by over 8% by leveraging object kinematics more extensively when jointly optimizing pedestrian and bicycle tracks in autolabeled datasets.
-Improved geometric accuracy of Vision Park Assist predictions by 16%, by leveraging 10x more HW4 data, tripling resolution, and increasing overall stability of measurements.
-Improved path blockage lane change accuracy by 10% due to updates to static object detection networks.
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Elon Musk has always maintained that he wants a Tesla to be the most fun you can have in a car. During the holiday season, Tesla is by far the most festive automobile on the road. Tesla owners are a little more festive this time of year as well because we all know the best update of the year will soon be downloaded to all the good Teslas.
This article, the third in our series on the Holiday Update Wish List, focuses on advancements in in-car entertainment and digital connectivity.
App Store for Third-Party Apps
A significant leap in Tesla's software offering would be an official App Store. We’ve seen a few hints of this, but clearly, owners want it as this feature would open a new realm of possibilities, allowing drivers and passengers to download and use third-party apps directly on the vehicle's interface.
Integrating an App Store could bring various applications, from navigation aids to productivity tools, and more entertainment options. This move would actually help free up Tesla engineers from the continuous cycle of developing and integrating additional streaming services, such as SiriusXM, YouTube TV, Fubo, Amazon Music, and many others.
Games would also be a major attraction to Tesla’s App Store. With an App Store, Tesla could rely on game publishers and other third-party developers for porting andn developing games that could be played in the vehicle. This move would shift how we perceive car infotainment systems, turning Tesla's impressive touchscreens into hubs of personalization and utility.
Elevating the Music Experience with Spotify
The Tesla community has long requested improved Spotify integration, particularly regarding streaming quality. With the potential increase in Spotify's streaming bitrate to 320 kbps, Tesla could offer an audiophile-grade listening experience, leveraging the vehicle's premium sound system to deliver rich, high-fidelity audio. Such an upgrade would not only please music enthusiasts but also reinforce Tesla's commitment to offering premium, cutting-edge vehicle features.
A realistic possibility is the inclusion of Apple Music podcasts which has been hinted at by Greentheonly after finding some references to them in one of Tesla’s recent software updates.
Advanced Bluetooth Audio Support
In line with enhancing audio experiences, Tesla owners are asking Santa Musk to support higher-quality Bluetooth audio. This improvement would cater to an increasingly discerning customer base that values superior sound quality for their media consumption. Musk previously hinted at lossless audio and AirPlay integration in Tesla vehicles, but its not clear whether Tesla ever started development on these features.
By introducing an App Store, enhancing streaming quality, and upgrading Bluetooth audio support, Tesla would build upon its already good set of entertainment offerings. These features are not just about providing entertainment though; they're about creating an immersive experience that resonates with the lifestyles and preferences of Tesla drivers, who are often at the forefront of technology. Are these items on Santa’s shopping list? We will have to wait until the holiday update is released.
Tesla is offering the Cybertruck Foundation Series to its first customers
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The first Cybertrucks will be part of a limited edition called the Cybertruck Foundation Series. Nic Cruz Patane (@niccruzpatane), unearthed source code showing that this limited edition, fully optioned series will offer a suite of premium accessories and features.
According to some early Cybertruck reservation holders, they’re now being invited to configure their Cybertruck Foundation Series at a price of $119,990.
Lifetime Premium Connectivity and Accessories
One of the most notable inclusions in the Foundation Series is the lifetime premium connectivity. This feature currently costs $99 a year. The only other vehicles that include free premium connectivity for the life of the vehicle are vehicles ordered before June 2018. After this date Tesla introduced the premium connectivity package for $10/month or $99/year. By reintroducing it as a lifetime offering, Tesla is enhancing the value proposition of the Cybertruck, possibly saving owners $1,000 or more over the vehicle’s life.
PowerShare: The Next Level in EV Technology
In addition to this, the series comes with an updated universal wall connector with “PowerShare” capabilities. It also includes a new PowerShare mobile connector, which Tesla has yet to unveil.
The new universal wall connector with PowerShare capabilities is a standout feature. This innovative technology allows the Cybertruck to receive power and send it back to the home. It transforms the vehicle into a mobile power source, a concept that blurs the lines between automotive and home energy solutions.
Similarly, the new PowerShare mobile connector is a step forward in bi-directional charging technology. There’s little that’s known about this new mobile connector, but some text on Tesla’s site reveals that there will be outlets on the connector itself. This will allow owners can hook up devices directly, using the Cybertruck as an alternative to traditional generators. This feature particularly appeals to outdoor enthusiasts and professionals requiring portable power solutions.
Although details are scarce, the PowerShare home backup seems to be the final piece in Tesla's puzzle to enable the Cybertruck to power a home. This feature would control and limit when the Cybertruck could feed energy back into the house. These new features could position the Cybertruck as a critical component in home energy management, especially in emergencies or off-grid living.
The exclusive badging on the Cybertruck Foundation Series and Cyberbeast
Also, there is a mention of Exclusive badges, which seems a little off-brand considering there are no logos or badging on the vehicle, as the Cybertruck doesn’t need it. Foundation Series trucks will have the words Foundation Series in a Cybertruck-typical font displayed on the vehicle’s fender. There will also be a special “badge” for Cyberbeast on the bottom right of the tailgate, which will three wolf-like heads joined together.
The announcements has many enthusiasts expressing eagerness to configure their truck; however, others are understandably shocked at the price and are ready to wait for prices to fall in the future.
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