This weekend Tesla hit a milestone by releasing their FSD Beta software outside of the US. Canada has become the second country to have access to Tesla's Autopilot on city streets.
Tesla's FSD Beta is geared toward owners who wish to help Tesla test and collect data for their FSD program. The betas are opt-in only and are not available in production releases.
In order to receive the beta, a user must have the FSD package or a monthly subscription, a supported vehicle/hardware, be in a supported region, and have a high Safety Score.
Tesla's Safety Score judges drivers based on several metrics. It's not a perfect system by any means, but it gives Tesla a way of selecting drivers that are committed to testing and are reasonably safe.
Introducing the FSD software into other regions is difficult because it introduces new languages, new signs, traffic patterns, right-of-way issues, and more.
Europe is a major market for Tesla and many owners are eagerly awaiting the arrival of FSD Beta, but there has been no official word from Tesla as to when the beta will arrive in Europe.
Up until recently, Tesla and Elon have been relatively quiet on the subject, instead choosing to improve the software in its current markets.
At the Giga Berlin opening, Elon gave a speech to employees, commenting that Tesla may release the FSD Beta in Europe later this year.
Now in a somewhat surprising tweet by Elon today, Tesla appears to be aiming to exceed that expectation.
Elon is now saying that FSD Beta should be available for left-hand markets in Europe by this summer, just a few months from now. Right-hand driving (RHD) is obviously something new that Tesla hasn't added yet and due to that, those European countries will come later.
FSD Beta should be available in Europe for LHD this summer, RHD a few months later. These dates depend on regulatory approval.
Tesla drivers will now know when a Supercharge station is congested and will have the option to change their route to reduce their total travel time.
Not only does Tesla know exactly how many vehicles are charging at each location. It also knows the charge level of each vehicle and it could estimate the wait time for a Supercharger based on how many Teslas are nearby with a low state of charge.
Based on all of this information Tesla can come up with great suggestions on the best place to charge to reduce your overall trip time.
Tesla’s Supercharger rerouting feature will be useful, especially as Tesla starts opening its Supercharger sites to non-Tesla vehicles.
Tesla Model 3 is in the Top 10 best selling cars of 2021
Tesla’s Model 3 has landed a spot as the ninth best-selling car in the world for 2021, which is up 40% from 2020, according to Fiat Group World. The Model 3 accounted for 508,000 unit sales in 2021.
According to the data provided by Fiat Group World, the Toyota RAV4/Wildlander came in at number one, which is up from the second spot in 2020. The Ford F-150 pickup truck landed at number seven, down from the number 6 spot in 2020.
Toyota and Honda have four vehicles in the top 11 spots, while Nissan, Ford, and Tesla only have one spot.
Fiat Group World notes that the Tesla Model 3 continues to rise within the list and is expected to rank in the top five by the end of this year.
Additionally, the author adds that the Model Y is expected to outsell the Model 3 by the end of 2022, which means both the Model 3 and Model Y would both sit in the top five spots. The Model Y currently sits at the 19th spot on the list, which means the Model Y accounted for 392,000 sales in 2021. It rose from the 262nd spot, or 412%, from 2020.
It’s worth noting that the Model Y began its deliveries in 2020, which explains the significant jump in 2021. Earlier this year, it won U.S. News’ Best Luxury Electric SUV award.
Of the 110 vehicles included, the Model S and Model X did not make the cut. This is most likely due to their higher price tag.
With this data available and Fiat Group World’s insights, it’s entirely possible for the Model Y to overtake the Model 3 this year. And with Tesla constantly adding new features and bringing back ‘Enhanced Autopilot,’ consumers will likely jump on-board.
Tesla is currently battling global supply chain restraints, and Musk said at Bloomberg’s Qatar Economic Forum that these restraints are a bigger issue than competition from other competitive automakers.
“Our constraints are much. More in raw materials and being able to scale up productions,” Musk says.
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