Tesla FSD Beta 9.1 released. First videos and early impressions

July 31, 2021
By Nuno Cristovao

Today at midnight Tesla released update 2021.4.18.13, better known as version 9.1 of the FSD Beta. Tesla is releasing these like clockwork. Beta 9.1 comes on the heels of Beta 9, which was a major release that saw huge improvements. In 9.0 Tesla reworked how they determined object distance and started determining distance using cameras instead of relying on radar. Radar is extremely accurate, but it can't be used in all situations, and Teslas only had a single radar sensor facing forward. As you can imagine, being able to accurately determine distances with vision is a huge leap forward.

Tesla FSD Beta 9.1

This version has only been available for less than 12 hours, so first impressions are still light, but we're seeing people report that 9.1 is more refined than 9.0 was and is even smoother when accelerating and decelerating.

Early videos are already showing noticeable improvements. @teslaownersSV on Twitter shows how the car avoided a person on the road by crossing over the center yellow line then back again. It performed exactly like if there was a person behind the wheel.

It looks like Tesla plans to iterate as fast as possible and Elon alluded to on Twitter that we can expect a beta in about two weeks.

If we're seeing improvements after just two weeks and we continue on this trend, I'm starting to feel very positive about the final product.

We leave you with one more video where James Locke shows off his first impressions of the new FSD Beta in his test loop.

Tesla Insurance launches in Arizona and Ohio; now offered in five states

January 20, 2022
By Nuno Cristovao

If you've had a Tesla for a few years then you probably remember what it was like getting an insurance quote for the vehicle.

Tesla insurance

Experiences vary, but it was not uncommon to come across insurers who would not insure a Tesla or who asked for an extremely high premium.

In fact, the problem was so big that Tesla decided to do something about it. They released their own car insurance division.

Tesla launched Tesla Insurance in 2019. Unfortunately, it was only offered in California at the time. Car insurance laws vary by state so Tesla needs to be approved in each state they want to do business in.

Tesla only expanded beyond California in the second half of 2021. In October Tesla expanded to Texas and last month Tesla added on Illinois.

Tesla is now expanding even further. As of today, Tesla is now offering car insurance in Arizona and Ohio as well.

In a tweet last year, Elon talked about the slow regulatory process for offering car insurance and mentioned that Tesla was looking to offer insurance in New York as well.

The regulatory process for approval to offer insurance is extremely slow & complex, varying considerably by state. Tesla is hoping to offer real-time (based on actual driving history) insurance in Texas next month. Probably next year before we get approval in New York.

-Elon Musk

Tesla determines your car insurance rate using their Safety Score algorithm, which is similar to Progressive's Snapshot rewards. Once you approve Tesla to collect driving data, they'll monitor your vehicle for harsh stops, fast turning, and following too closely.

Your insurance rate will then be based on your driving habits and your chances of getting into an accident.

Some drivers report having much lower rates with Tesla Insurance, while others report that their rate was lower with their current insurance company.

If Tesla offers insurance in your state, you may want to consider getting a quote directly on their site to see if you can lower your premium.

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View the release notes for the upcoming version 2021.44.30.11.

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