Tesla is getting ready to expand the FSD Beta to owners with a Safety Score of 95+

By Jorge Aguirre
FSD Beta 10.11 now uses vector-based lanes
FSD Beta 10.11 now uses vector-based lanes
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Over the weekend Tesla started pushing the Full Self-Driving Beta 10.11 update to employees, which includes several key improvements for the semi-autonomous driving system. This new version of the software could potentially roll out to drivers with safety scores of 95 and above if no substantial errors were to be found, Elon Musk suggested via Twitter.

Among the highlights of the new 10.11 release version are more accurate predictions of where vehicles are turning or merging and an improved right-of-way understanding if the map is inaccurate or the car cannot follow the navigation, as well as improved smoothness through turns.

Tesla’s approach to testing their autonomous driving system on real world streets using their own customers instead of trained drivers has drawn a lot of criticism over the last few months, but also a lot of praise from users who have been eager to test these features after purchasing a Full Self-Driving package at a high price.

Lowering the threshold for access to allow drivers with safety scores of 95 will undoubtedly result in a wider range of Tesla users joining the FSD Beta program, some of which have been complaining about the challenges arising from the use of the safety score system, particularly the real life impracticability of obtaining top score ratings.

In the beginning of their more public rollout phase Tesla offered the FSD Beta to drivers who had a score of 100, and over time it lowered this threshold to take in customers with scores as low as 97. According to a previous statement made by Elon Musk, Tesla will continue to decrease the score required to have access to the beta software over time.

This decision to widen the test pool for the FSD Beta seems also very timely given the recent removal by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the requirement for manual controls in fully autonomous vehicles, in what seems to be a very exciting development in the landscape for the fully autonomous vehicles industry.

The agency has stated that "for vehicles designed to be solely operated by an automated driving system (ADS), manually operated driving controls are logically unnecessary," in response to a request from General Motors.

According to the latest data available, there are around 60,000 customers enrolled in the FSD Beta program in the US alone, while Canadian owners just started to receive access to the driver safety score about a week ago. Tesla is expected to begin the release to Canadian drivers with top scores soon.

Tesla Begins Testing FSD in China

By Karan Singh
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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.

Tesla Cybertruck to Receive Charging Improvements in Upcoming Update

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Former Tesla VP of Powertrain and Energy Drew Baglino previously mentioned that Cybertruck would be receiving charging improvements soon.

Wes Morrill, Tesla’s Cybertruck lead engineer, recently reposted Baglino’s comments on the charge speed update on June 16th and mentioned that it would be coming soon via OTA.

Charging Improvements

The 4680 cell has seen some difficulties in its charge curve, similar to Tesla’s other vehicles that have been deployed with the 4680. Tesla has alluded to difficulties in the manufacturing curve previously, and also with engineering improvements to the new cell standard, and eventually stopped manufacturing the Model Y with the 4680 cells.

However, this is the first time that Tesla has begun to deploy major improvements to the 4680 cell. It appears the improvements will allow up to 154 miles to be recovered in 15 minutes, which is approximately a 30% improvement to current charge rates.

We’re hoping that these improvements to the 4680 will also translate to older Model Y vehicles that have 4680 cells, which will be key to the owners of these vehicles. 4680 production is currently mainly focused on Powerwall, Megapack, and Cybertruck – with Semi not using 4680 yet.

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