FSD Beta 12.3.2 Rolls Out: Tesla's Vision-Based Autopark and More in Update 2024.3.5

By Kevin Armstrong
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Tesla's FSD Beta 12.3.2 is making its way to cars in the U.S. along with an update to the 2024.3 branch, which includes all the features from update 2024.2, it also includes the new vision-based Autopark feature, which is available on vehicles without ultrasonic sensors for the first time.

Key Highlights of This Update:

  • Includes the latest FSD Beta v12.3.2, which corrects several issues in v12.3.1, which is a huge improvement from the v11 releases

  • It’s update 2024.3.5, which means that it includes all the features in update 2024.2, including the new Trips menu, Supercharging improvements, ultra-wideband support, and a helpful reminder to plug in at home

  • Introducing an improved Autopark feature that leverages neural networks, this update aims to address the limitations of previous versions, offering a more intuitive and efficient parking solution that promises to outperform its predecessors significantly. It also brings the feature to vehicles without ultrasonic sensors for the first time

Exclusive to the US (For Now):

  • The update is rolling out exclusively in the US initially, however, Canadians are now being updated to v12.3.1 with update 2023.44.30.30

  • Eligibility extends to users on update 2024.2.x, ensuring a broader base of Tesla owners can buy or subscribe to FSD Beta. This is also expected to be the version that will offer a free month of FSD Beta to Tesla owners

Beyond the Update: FSD's Evolving Landscape:

Tesla is leveraging the awe of Full Self-Driving (FSD) technology by offering new and current eligible owners a one-month free trial of FSD following the positive feedback on version 12.3.1. Musk announced that the feature will be available this week, although it’s not clear whether that will include just new owners initially or everyone. This initiative aims to showcase the advanced capabilities of FSD and familiarize users with the convenience and safety of minimal driver intervention. Elon Musk, satisfied with the performance of FSD 12.3.1, announced this trial to encourage further the adoption of Tesla’s FSD feature in the U.S.

Furthermore, Tesla has introduced FSD demonstrations as part of the delivery process for new vehicles equipped with FSD, ensuring customers understand and experience the benefits firsthand. This approach highlights Tesla’s recent achievements and boosts customer confidence and acceptance of self-driving cars. Musk announced that all new vehicle deliveries must include a hands-on demo of FSD.

Musk stated that a new update to FSD will be available every two weeks, indicating how much data the Tesla team is getting from the millions of miles logged under the new system. The comment by Musk is faced with some skepticism as recent FSD Beta updates have been months apart. However, Tesla has reached major milestones recently with the public release of FSD Beta v12, the new, vision-based Autopark feature, and the expected upcoming release of Actually Smart Summon next month.

Tesla Vehicles Spotted With LiDAR: What Do They Use It For?

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla recently hit the news for purchasing approximately $2M in LiDAR sensors from Luminar, one of Tesla’s long-term suppliers. You’ve probably seen photos of Tesla’s Semi and various Tesla models, including the Model 3 and Model Y sporting LIDAR equipment on the roof. These cars drive around with manufacturer plates scanning streets and highways.

However, many people confuse Tesla’s purpose in purchasing LiDAR equipment with using it for FSD versus testing. So, let’s look at what LiDAR is, and why Tesla uses it on its Fleet Validation Vehicles.

What is LiDAR?

LiDAR stands for Light Detecting and Ranging – essentially using lasers to measure distances. A laser pulse is sent out, and the time it takes to return is measured – providing extremely accurate distance measurements.

Some companies working on self-driving vehicles, including Waymo and BYD, use LiDAR as part of their self-driving suites, but Tesla is one of the few stand-outs that does not. Even Rimac’s “Verne” Robotaxi – which uses self-driving technology from Mobileye, also uses LiDAR.

While LiDAR can produce extremely accurate and high-quality 3D environments, it comes with its downsides as well. Not only is LiDAR costly and requires large gear strapped to a vehicle, but it also can not be used in bad weather and can have interference issues if there are other strong light sources present.

Why Does Tesla Use LiDAR?

A LiDAR rig mounted on a Tesla Semi for testing FSD.
A LiDAR rig mounted on a Tesla Semi for testing FSD.
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At Autonomy Day in 2019, Elon Musk mentioned that LiDAR isn’t the solution for self-driving cars – it's just a crutch. Thus, Tesla hasn’t used LiDAR for any production self-driving software.

Instead, Tesla uses it exactly how it's described – they use it to gather ground-truth data. This data is then used to feed Tesla’s Full Self Driving system – which helps validate its vision-only system's accuracy. LiDAR provides very accurate measurements to help ensure that FSD’s perception of space is accurate – and is only used by Tesla to ensure that its AI technology which is the brains of FSD is capable of accurately interpreting depth from just visual data.

Tesla’s vision-only system has been seen to be extremely accurate, with Vision-only Autopark being able to park in even narrower and tighter spaces faster than the previous version that relied on ultrasonic sensors.

We’ll likely continue to see Tesla purchase LiDAR systems, as well as use them for validation well into the future.

Tesla's Upcoming Robotaxi Event in August Delayed, According to Bloomberg

By Karan Singh
Sugar Design

In a report from Bloomberg, it is claimed that Tesla will be delaying its much-anticipated 8/8 Robotaxi event by two months to October 2024.

While sources other than Bloomberg haven't confirmed this report, Bloomberg has a positive track record of reporting on financial decisions. We’ll be sure to update the article if there is confirmation on X from Elon Musk or another Tesla senior official.

Tesla’s stock has dropped nearly 8.5% over the day, ending back-to-back gains over the last two weeks. It closed yesterday at $ 241 after hitting a peak of $270 earlier in the day before the news broke.

Why the Delay?

The delay – of approximately two months – has been communicated internally, but not publicly announced just yet. Bloomberg goes on to mention that the design team was told to rework certain elements of the Cybercab, necessitating the delay.

If Bloomberg’s report is correct, it sounds like Tesla’s unveil event will be largely focused on showing off the vehicle, instead of demoing how it will work. Of course, it could still be both, but given past events, Tesla has always shown off the vehicle years before it hits production.

Rimac recently showed off their version of robotaxi vehicle named Verne, and surprisingly, it could almost pass for Tesla’s own robotaxi. A lot of design cues in Rimac’s version are elements we have already seen or expect to see in Tesla’s autonomous taxi.

A recent Tesla patent revealed that Tesla is incorporating a sanitation system into their robotaxi that will be responsible for analyzing and cleaning the vehicle’s interior, although the delay itself is likely tied more to a physical feature rather than software.

Another element we know almost nothing about is how Tesla plans to charge these robotic taxis. Will they rely on the existing charge port and adapt a solution like the robotic charging arm (video below) we saw almost eight years ago, or will wireless charging or a dock finally become realized?

While the delay for Tesla’s event appears to be related to the vehicle’s design itself and not further development of FSD, Tesla is wasting no time in getting FSD working for the upcoming vehicle. Model 3 vehicles have already been spotted with camera locations that resemble a robotaxi.

Is the Delay Accurate?

We expect that this delay might actually be true – Elon Musk usually takes to X within hours of such news breaking if it's false to refute it and hasn’t done so yet.

Tesla has delayed several of their events in the past, and a delay of a couple of months seems plausible. We should hear from Musk himself soon on whether this report is accurate.

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