From FSD Beta 12.3 to v13? Musk Signals Major Jump in Tesla's New FSD Update

By Kevin Armstrong

Tesla's latest FSD Beta update is so good that it should skip the version 12.3 name and go right to v13. That at least, is the opinion of Elon Musk, who has a history of being overly optimistic.

Despite the same release notes as its predecessor, v12.2.1, Elon Musk has emphasized the substantial improvements in this version. It has been released to a select group of employees and customers.

The Promise of FSD Beta v12.3

While release notes for FSD Beta 12.3 mirror those of the previous iteration, Musk's assertion of its importance cannot be understated. Described as a "big release," 12.3 is expected to bring us closer to achieving levels 4-5 of autonomous driving. The core enhancement in v12 lies in the shift towards end-to-end neural networks for vehicle control, moving away from traditional programming methods. This change aims to facilitate more natural, human-like driving behaviors. However, Tesla hacker Greentheonly believes the “end-to-end” nature of v12 may be overstated. Does FSD v12.3 possibly get us one step closer to video in, and (vehicle) controls out?

Selective Rollout and Future Plans

FSD Beta 12.3's deployment remains very limited, much like any of the v12 versions. FSD subscribers in the U.S. and Canada (FSD subscription coming to Canada) are still on the holiday update, the same update from four months ago. Meanwhile, these subscribers are watching a few hand-picked beta testers demonstrate V12.

With this latest FSD Beta reaching only some Tesla employees and several hand-picked customers, it looks like Tesla is back to testing FSD releases with a special group. Just a few months ago, Tesla had two software tracks, the production track which included a stable version of FSD Beta and included the latest Tesla updates, and the “early” FSD Beta track, which had the latest public FSD Beta build but was often 2-3 firmware updates behind.

It looks like Tesla may have wanted to do away with that, but in the process has left all FSD customers on older firmware that doesn’t contain the latest FSD Beta build or the latest features in update 2024.2 or update 2024.8.3.

Maybe Tesla should consider giving customers the choice of development tracks. They already have the “Software Update Preference” setting in the vehicle that allows customers to pick from the “Standard” or “Advanced” software tracks.

FSD Beta: A Journey of Innovation

FSD updates used to be regular with builds often going out every two weeks. However, in the past year, the release cycle has slowed down to just a few FSD Beta updates per year. This extended delay in rolling out v12, which was first demonstrated by Musk last summer, may provide insight into how complex the new system is and how challenging it is for Tesla’s team of engineers. Despite delays and cautious rollouts, Tesla's dedication to refining and advancing its FSD technology remains unwavering.

Cybertruck Deliveries Halted Due to Accelerator Pedal Issue

By Kevin Armstrong

Tesla has informed several Cybertruck reservation holders of delays in their delivery schedules. Several notifications were posted on the Cybertruck Owner’s Club, stating the need to postpone scheduled deliveries due to an "unexpected delay" without initially providing detailed explanations to customers.

Technical Issues Identified

However, that is where the Tesla community steps in. More posts on X and the Cybertruck Owner’s Forum revealed that the delays are linked to a design issue with the accelerator pedal of the Cybertruck. Unlike Tesla's other models, which feature a hanging accelerator pedal, the Cybertruck uses a floor-mounted design. This design requires the driver to apply forward and upward motion pressure.

It has been determined that the cover of the accelerator pedal can shift out of its designated position when subjected to excessive force. This malfunction has been attributed to the presence of lubricant residues left over from the manufacturing process.

Remedial Actions and Future Plans

Tesla has temporarily halted the delivery of all Cybertrucks and is currently working on a solution to redesign the pedal cover to eliminate lubricant residue. The new, improved covers are expected to be ready by April 19. Tesla plans to replace the faulty components in existing Cybertrucks at Service Centers shortly thereafter.

The company anticipates resuming Cybertruck deliveries on April 20, also known as 4-20. However, due to the pause in deliveries and the time required to distribute the new parts, some customers might experience further delays. Tesla is preparing for a staggered delivery schedule initially due to the limited availability of the newly designed pedal covers.

Despite these setbacks, Tesla continues to scale up the production of the Cybertruck at its Gigafactory in Austin, Texas. Recent aerial footage indicates that production rates have been nearing 1,000 units per week. The Cybertruck has also been featured in promotional events across several countries, including a stop at the Boston Marathon, showcasing its unique design and capabilities.

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.

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