Tesla FSD Beta 11.4.8 Release Notes Explained: Faster Decision Making, Improved Park Assist and More

By Not a Tesla App Staff
A user on Reddit leaked the  release notes for Tesla's next FSD Beta release
A user on Reddit leaked the release notes for Tesla's next FSD Beta release

Tesla's most recent FSD Beta, v11.4.7.3 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.

Faster Decision-Making

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.

It's not clear when Tesla expects to release FSD v12, which is also when Musk says FSD will graduate from its beta status. Musk recently showed off FSD v12 and its capabilities in a livestream on X.

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.

Tesla Reduces Price of FSD Subscription to $99 Per Month [Subscriptions Now Available in Canada Too!]

By Not a Tesla App Staff

Tesla just dropped its FSD subscription pricing dramatically in the U.S., lowering the cost from $199 to $99 per month. However, not everyone is thrilled with the new pricing.

For owners who bought the Enhanced Autopilot package for $6,000 USD, Tesla offered a lower-priced FSD subscription of $99, instead of $199. However, with this new FSD price reduction, EAP owners are no longer receiving a discount.

FSD Subscription Expansion

Currently, the FSD subscription is only available in the U.S., but plans for expansion are underway. Tesla's Rohan Patel recently announced that the subscription will soon be available in Canada, alongside the introduction of an annual plan for Premium Connectivity. 

This expansion into the Canadian market is anticipated to follow a similar pricing strategy, adjusted for the currency exchange rate, possibly setting the cost at approximately $140 CAD per month.

Update: Tesla has just announced that FSD subscriptions are now available in Canada! What’s even more surprising is the unexpectedly low subscription price of $99 CAD. Tesla took to X to announce the availability in Canada but unfortunately didn’t reveal any additional information regarding the subscriptions.

Is Buying FSD Still Worth It?

Despite the lowered subscription price, the outright purchase price for FSD remains steep at $12,000. This price point equates to subscribing to the service for over 10 years. Given that the average length of car ownership in the U.S. is about 8 years, this makes the current price of buying FSD unattractive to most. The saving grace of buying FSD is that you know what you're paying for the life of the vehicle and can avoid any potential subscription price increases.

Temporary Reduction or Long-term Strategy?

Tesla has not confirmed whether the price reduction is a temporary promotional tactic or a permanent adjustment. The timing coincides with Tesla's release of FSD v12 and its trial offer, suggesting that the company is keen on encouraging more drivers to experience FSD. This approach not only boosts user engagement but also accelerates the volume of data Tesla can collect to improve the system.

FSD With Referral Credits

Although Tesla hasn't adjusted the price of buying FSD, it is tweaking its referral program to accommodate the new price. Three months of FSD are now available through Tesla's referral program for 6,000 credits, reduced from the previous 12,000 credits.

Tesla's reduction in FSD in the U.S. and its planned expansion into Canada reflect a strategic initiative to make FSD more accessible and financially attractive to a broader audience. There's no doubt this change will increase the number of FSD subscriptions, but it'll be interesting to see how much. To break even, Tesla would need to double the number of subscriptions, but they likely have their eyes set much higher.

If you currently subscribe to FSD, Tesla has automatically reduced future payments to the lower $99 price point.

Tesla Cybertruck to Receive Additional Features in Upcoming Update

By Not a Tesla App Staff

Tesla frequently introduces new models or trim levels before all the software features are available. This situation also applies to the Cybertruck, where several features are still in development.

In the 2024.8 update, Tesla added a handful of features to help the Cybertruck catch up in the software department, adding features such as Reset Tire Mileage, Rear Passenger Headphones, Auto Wipers and others. Tesla also added a Cybertruck exclusive feature that sets off the truck's alarm if the trailer is unhitched from the vehicle.

However, Tesla continues to improve Cybertruck's software. The company is planning an upcoming update that will let the truck charge faster and add Tesla's convenient cabin overheat protection feature.

According to Tesla's SVP of powertrain and energy, Drew Baglino, the Cybertruck's charging speed is about to be upgraded. This software update, slated for release later this quarter, is set to substantially improve the Cybertruck's charging curve and unlock faster charging times for owners. Baglino said the update will "let the Cybertruck get 154 miles of charge in just 15 minutes." That's a 20% increase over the truck's current 128 miles in 15 minutes.

Early reports on the Cybertruck's 4680 cells revealed a somewhat disappointing charging curve. The truck's charging speed would start at about 250kW, then drop off to about 150kW at ~40%. It would then level off at 75-80kW for the remainder of the charge.

It seems Tesla was being careful with the Cybertruck's new battery pack, but now, the company is ready to unlock additional throughput.

This fits Tesla's usual approach. The company likes to start conservatively and then improve its vehicles over time.

Cabin Overheat Protection

Another feature that's set to arrive on the Cybertruck is Cabin Overheat Protection (COP), according to the Cybertruck's program manager. This feature which keeps the cabin from overheating has been available in other models for several years, but it has yet to be made available for the Cybertruck.

In 2022, Tesla added the ability to customize the temperature at which COP would turn on. Users can now choose COP to activate at 90, 95 or 100º Fahrenheit. The Cybertruck's COP is expected to match the same features available in other models.

Given that Tesla's SVP and program manager have officially commented on these upcoming features, it may not be long before we see them available in an upcoming update.

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