Tesla still planning to add additional FSD Beta testers with 10.12.2

By Alex Jones
Tesla added new vehicle models to FSD Beta 10.12
Tesla added new vehicle models to FSD Beta 10.12
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Tesla owners who have opted-in to Tesla's Safety Score have been eagerly awaiting the expansion of the Full Self Driving Beta program.

Tesla has reportedly not added additional testers in the US since late 2021.

Since then, there have been many owners who have maintained a Safety Score of 99 or even 100, and are still waiting to receive access to the FSD software.

However, it looks like we may be getting closer to Tesla expanding the beta to additional owners.

On May 14th, Twitter user Dan Burkland asked Elon Musk if Tesla plans to expand the FSD Beta to owners who have a Safety Score of 98+ with beta 10.12.

Elon Musk responded and said that the beta would not only be expanded to additional users with 10.12.2, but that Tesla would also drop the required Safety Score to 95+ (a drop of five points from the initial testers group).

This conversation took place before beta 10.12 was released externally. Since then, Tesla has released FSD Beta 10.12 and 10.12.1 with many improvements and new visualizations.

FSD Beta 10.12.2 may be the next beta Tesla releases unless they decide to release a minor bug fix for 10.12.1.

Just a couple of days ago, Dan took to Twitter again to find out whether Tesla still plans to increase the size of the beta pool with 10.12.2.

Elon once again responded to affirm his earlier comment, with a simple "Yeah."

The newest FSD beta, version 10.12.1 has garnered attention from users for its incredibly detailed visualizations, including new car models, open car doors, and turn signal status.

It may be several weeks before we see FSD Beta 10.12.2, but it's good to know that Tesla's plan is still to increase the number of testers.

While the price of FSD has ranged drastically ($12,000 in the US now), one cannot deny the seemingly unfair nature of beta exclusion for seemingly mild safety infractions (as deemed by the Safety Score).

However, as the FSD program expands (Tesla plans to roll out FSD Beta to everyone this year) to a new tier of drivers, it remains an invitation-only Beta.

For the most part, Tesla’s choice to limit the number of users to top-tier safety scores has resulted in a low number of reported crashes.

As the FSD algorithms improve through the growing datasets being analyzed, one could expect the FSD Beta group to expand beyond the current anticipated 95+ Safety Score cut.

What remains to be seen is how much tolerance Tesla will have for drivers with lower Safety Scores that might endanger the reputation of FSD while still under Beta status.

Tesla's Supercharger Team Shakeup: Firings, Rehiring, and Future Prospects

By Karan Singh

Tesla recently fired the entire Supercharger team, including Tesla’s head of charging – Rebecca Tinucci, after she pushed back on the extreme layoffs that took place right before the cut.

The Supercharger team consisted of over 500 employees, at least after the initial layoffs. In the following days and weeks, Tesla began to rehire some of the employees that it had fired.

Some Damage Done

In the immediate aftermath of the firing of the Supercharger team, contractors and site planners were left bewildered, with no contact from the Supercharger team that was responsible for payment, planning, and decision-making.

As this has played out, new Supercharger deployments have been reduced – stations that were already being built are being completed, but no new announcements have been made since t

It was dire news at the time - but it isn’t all bad.

Returning Employees

Now, more and more of the employees that were fired are beginning to return to Tesla, some of whom are announcing that they were asked to return to Tesla in their previous capacities.

George Bahadue, Senior Manager of Site Acquisition and Business Development commented on LinkedIn:

“Two weeks ago, I was asked to return to Tesla in my previous capacity heading up the business development and site acquisition for Tesla charging – I accepted.”

His reasoning to accept the position was a quote from Rebecca Tinucci:

“You work at Tesla because you hope to have at least a small impact on our collective future – aspirationally, to leave the world better for our children and grandchildren and their children and grandchildren – by accelerating the transition to sustainable energy. And that mission is too important to allow any distractions.”

New Stations Could be Coming Soon

With the restaffing of the Supercharger team, especially with the return of George Bahadue, we can expect that new Supercharger sites may be announced in the coming weeks, as the ripple effect from the layoffs begins to settle.

The rehiring of experienced staff suggests that Tesla and Elon Musk are still committed to the vision of maintaining and expanding its Supercharger network – the largest and most reliable charging network in North America, which is crucial for the mission to move the world to renewable energy.

Tesla Cuts Model Y Output in China – Economic Slowdown and Anticipated Project Juniper Launch

By Karan Singh

Tesla recently cut Model Y output in China, according to data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), Tesla’s production of the Model Y in China experienced a decline of approximately 18% in March, and 33% in April, versus the same time last year.

Output Cuts

These output cuts can be attributed to Tesla’s recent decision to reduce production of the Model Y at Giga Shanghai by at least 20% from March to June 2024. This was attributed to an unnamed Spokesperson by Reuters last week.

This decision could be multifaceted – the primary reason being an economic slowdown in China as price wars continue to be waged between EV manufacturers, including Tesla. On the flipside, Tesla has continued its production of the updated 2024 Model 3, colloquially referred to as the Highland, with an increase of 10%.

Project Juniper?

The second reason for this slowdown could be the incoming arrival of the Model Y refresh – also known as Project Juniper. Tesla China has already introduced an updated Model Y with a unique cloth dash with similar ambient lighting as the Model 3.

The Model 3 Highland was also introduced in China before its introduction to other markets, including North America and Europe.

Juniper Upgrade Speculation

Not much has been seen about Project Juniper at this time, but we can expect a similar suite of upgrades that match the updated 2024 Model 3 Highland – including a new front fascia design, updated doors and dynamics, steering updates, improved control arms, ambient lighting, new seats, and improved range.

There is a continued expectation that Tesla is pushing back its Model Y refresh – its best-selling vehicle – to make a bigger splash. This could include newer features – like the Cybertruck’s Steer-by-Wire, front camera, or other upgrades and changes – like the lack of stalks on the rest of the Tesla line-up.

Tesla previously confirmed we’re not seeing the Juniper Y this year, this could be the time needed to retool and upgrade lines to prepare for its introduction sometime next year.

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