The first signs of Tesla's FSD Beta 10.12 finally surfaced yesterday as Tesla employees started receiving the internal beta.
It's not clear yet whether this will be the exact version that will be rolled out to public testers or if additional updates will be made.
If Tesla finds any major issues, they'll want to fix them before rolling out the update to external testers.
New Car Models
FSD Beta 10.12 introduces new vehicle models for almost every vehicle type.
Some of the vehicles have been completely redesigned and are more detailed and realistic looking than the previous models.
For example, a sedan now has wheels, windows and a glass roof, instead of the previous simplistic look that resembled a Model S keyfob.
New Brake Lights
Although brakes lights were already displayed as of beta 9.0, Tesla is now displaying the third brake light as well, which has been required in the US since 1986.
FSD Betas have been able to detect and stop or go around vehicles with open doors for a while now, but Tesla will now show open doors in the visualization.
When a surrounding vehicle's door is open, the 3D model will also show the open door and highlight the door in orange.
Elon said back in the summer of 2021 that Tesla will detect and respond to vehicle turn signals, hand gestures and more in the future.
With this release, FSD Beta now detects and visualizes turn signals in addition to brake lights.
The car will reportedly react to turn signals it has detected as well, which should help understand the intentions of other vehicles.
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
The last major FSD Beta release was version 10.11, which was first seen more than two months ago.
Tesla has been working on beta 10.12 for a while now and the amount of changes included in this update are huge according to Elon.
Musk said that due to the amount of changes in this beta, we can expect two steps forward and one step back.
This is a big one! Expect some two steps forward, one step back situations. These will be great ironed in point releases, hence ~10.12.2 or 10.13 for wider beta release.- Elon Musk
There will be some issues, and in certain situations FSD may have regressed.
Tesla plans to fix any issues that arise with minor revisions to this release. Expect to see additional FSD Beta 10.12 releases such as 10.12.1 and 10.12.2 in the coming weeks.
Current Beta Testers
As we have seen with other recent betas, it may be a while until all current beta testers receive this latest beta.
With beta 10.11, we saw two revisions before the majority of testers received the beta. We may see a similar situation with this update, given the amount of changes that were made.
If you're a current beta tester, you may be waiting a couple weeks before getting this updated FSD Beta.
There haven't been any signs of Tesla adding additional beta testers in the US since late 2021.
Elon has previously said that he hopes that Tesla will be able to add more testers who have opted in to the beta and have a Safety Score of 95 or greater in later revisions of beta 10.12.
Interpretation of Beta 10.12 Release Notes
We have the technical releases notes for FSD Beta 10.12, but Reddit user asimo3089 did a great job at interpreting the release notes to give us a better understanding of what Tesla has improved in this update.
1. Your car better understands what is and is not drivable space. This makes it more confident in easy situations, and more capable in tricky situations. Your car can also now use medians for difficult left turns, and accelerates quicker to complete turns.
2. Your car now has a better idea of objects blocking camera views. Creeping should be less scary.
3. Improved path predictions of where other others on the road will be. This gives your car better decision making for turns.
4. Sounds like: Your car will drive itself to safety much more smoothly if your car finds itself in a place it shouldn't be. Better problem solving?
5. Your car should better see the lanes on the road, and how many of them there are, thanks to new data. This gives better turn confidence and path planning during a turn.
6. Your car is now trained on 180,000 new clips related to what lanes look like.
7. Your car is less likely to panic brake in a yellow light scenario, and has a better understanding of lane guidance when going through an intersection.
8. Road edges and road lines are now more accurate.
9. Your car now better understands visibility from the cameras, thanks to 30,000 new video clips of training data.
10. Speeds of motorcycles, pedestrians and cyclists is now more accurate. Plus, your car now better predicts which direction a pedestrian is walking.
11. Your car is now less likely to confuse a parked car and an idling car thanks to 41,000 new clips of training data. This should result in fewer "phantom brakes" or silly lane changes.
12. Your car now better understands objects that are far away from you.
13. Your car will plan a better path around vehicles with car doors open.
14. Objects that are not pedestrians, cyclists, etc, should have more accurate speed predictions.
15. When changing into an adjacent lane, your car will look further ahead at vehicle speeds. If somebody up ahead is braking, your car will handle it more comfortably.
16. Your car used to only predict acceleration (Not speed) for objects moving adjacently. Now your car will predict acceleration of all moving objects including objects accelerating across your path.
17. New 3D models for vehicles on your screen. You'll also be shown vehicles with their doors open.
18. Tesla retired a few old systems and gained 2 frames per second, per camera, resulting in better performance while self driving.
FSD Beta 10.12 is currently only available to employees, but we may see a wider release in the next couple days that includes public testers.
However, it could be several weeks before all current testers receive this update.
More details will surely be uncovered about this beta in the next few days. Stay tuned for more.