Tesla releases FSD Beta 10.3.1 to address issues in 10.3

By Nuno Cristovao

On Sunday Tesla released the latest FSD Beta, version 10.3 to many new anticipated testers. In addition to going out to current testers, Tesla also released the beta to owners who had achieved a Safety Score of 99 or higher.

Tesla rolls back FSD Beta 10.3
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Beta 10.3 included many improvements to self driving as outlined in Tesla’s technical release notes. It also included a new feature called FSD Profiles, which introduced driving styles for FSD.

Unfortunately, the excitement was short lived, as the beta included several issues, one of which disabled the use of Autopilot on city streets. The release appears to have some issues related to Automatic Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warnings, as Tesla has remotely disabled these features. Issues are par for the course for any beta release and this should be a warning to future testers waiting to be selected. Not all releases and features will always work or go smoothly.

Thanks to social media, Tesla was made aware of the issue that affected some models fairly quickly and Tesla started to roll users back to a public release.

The FSD Beta was release 2021.36.5.2. When Tesla decided to roll users back to a more stable build, they pushed out update 2021.36.5.1, which did not include the FSD Beta. This left some users confused on whether they should install the update or if it was a mistake.

It doesn’t look like Tesla sent out an email explaining the situation, which left many users questioning what happened when they received an update for an older, non-FSD build.

It’s not clear why Tesla didn’t roll users back to the previous FSD Beta, v10.2.

However, if there’s one thing we know, it’s that Tesla moves quickly. Early this morning Tesla has already pushed out another FSD Beta build that tries to address the issues found in beta 10.3.

The update comes in as FSD Beta 10.3.1, which is version 2021.36.5.3.

Tesla is sending the update to select vehicles and monitoring feedback before sending it out to all beta testers.

If you received FSD Beta 10.3 and downgraded to the non-FSD update, you should receive this newest FSD Beta as well. Tesla will likely continue to slowly roll it out to more cars and monitor the release before releasing it to everyone.

If you’re still on FSD Beta 10.3, it’s recommended that you download and install the non-beta version for now until Tesla is able to iron out the issues.

Beta Released Version
Beta 9.0 July 10th, 2021 2021.4.18.12
Beta 9.1 July 31st, 2021 2021.4.18.13
Beta 9.2 August 15th, 2021 2021.12.25.15
Beta 10.0 September 11th, 2021 2021.24.15
Beta 10.0.1 September 18th, 2021 2021.24.16
Beta 10.1 September 25th, 2021 2021.24.17
Beta 10.2 October 11th, 2021 2021.32.25
Beta 10.3 October 24th, 2021 2021.36.5.2
Beta 10.3.1 October 25th, 2021 2021.36.5.3
Beta 11? TBD TBD

A Better Routeplanner 5.0 Launches; Adds EV Charger Ratings Using Rivian Data

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

A Better Routeplanner 5.0 launched yesterday, and there are some pretty awesome features coming to all EV owners courtesy of Rivian. Rivian purchased ABRP last year and has made good on its promises to continue its improvement and ensure it remains open to all EV owners.

Charger Scoring

Rivian recently added a feature that would rate any chargers compatible with Rivian vehicles. The list of chargers includes Rivian Adventure Network (RAN) chargers, Tesla Superchargers and any other compatible third-party chargers. The charger score is automatically calculated based on the station's average top speed and reliability.

With the launch of ABRP 5.0, Rivian is integrating its charger scores directly into the free tier of ABRP so that all EV owners can benefit. ABRP users will now be able to see charger scores, and ABRP will automatically route users to chargers with higher scores if they are available on your route.

Google Automotive

Another cool feature for ABRP is that it will now be available as an app to install and use directly in vehicles that support Google Automotive. Any EV that uses Google Automotive, including Volvo,  Polestar, Ford, and GM will support the in-system experience, which will also provide data for charger scoring and routing.

This will be an excellent way to hold third-party networks accountable, which have commonly suffered from uptime or speed issues.

Tesla’s Implementation

Tesla previously implemented a “Qualified Third-Party Charger” program, that would allow highly-rated third-party chargers that meet a strict set of requirements to be displayed directly in the vehicle. However, this is currently limited to Europe and parts of the Middle East. Within North America, Tesla only displays third-party Tesla destination chargers in addition to Superchargers.

While Tesla doesn’t directly show charger scores, they clearly are tracking charge data, and are providing the cream of the crop of third-party chargers for navigation where the program is available. We’d hope that this implementation of qualified third-party chargers also comes to North America, as NACS is becoming the de facto standard for charging.

If Tesla does expand the display of third-party chargers to other regions, it’ll likely be similar to what we see in Europe today, and won’t be as open as Rivian’s implementation in ABRP.

Tesla Begins Testing FSD in China

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla was recently granted permission to test FSD on Chinese streets – specifically in Shanghai. Just recently, Elon Musk visited China and discussed the potential for FSD to come to China.

Gearing Up for FSD China

This is just the first step for Tesla to begin its customer deployments of FSD – Tesla conducts similar ADAS testing in North America, where special testing vehicles and testing employees run the latest FSD (Supervised) versions against a gamut of real-world, real-life tests.

Tesla has recently been working on translating FSD release notes into multiple languages, alongside building a data center in Shanghai and establishing an FSD Operations and Labelling team at the same center. These are the first, key steps to bringing FSD to a new market that has unique and different traffic rules when compared North America.

China doesn’t have the regulatory hurdles or challenges that Tesla faces in Europe to bring FSD and has been working with Chinese corporations as well as the government, which has now provided its official approval for FSD testing in-country.

We might even see FSD deployed to early testing customers in China by the end of 2025.

ADAS Competitors

There are quite a few competitors in the Chinese market already- with challengers like Xpeng and Xiaomi working on building their own homegrown systems, mostly driven by a mixture of cameras, radars, ultrasonic sensors, and LIDAR. However, many of these systems face similar challenges to other non-Chinese competitors and don’t have the mileage under their belts to tackle Tesla’s dominating lead in data and data processing.

European Union

Tesla is poising itself for an FSD rollout internationally, with increased testing also taking place in the UK, France, and Spain – some of the key locations with unique infrastructure in the European Union. However, some EU-specific regulations restrict how FSD can perform – each and every action must be manually approved by the driver. Until that regulation is changed to adapt to systems like FSD, it won’t be making its way there just yet.

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