by Matt McFarland | CNN Business
A broad group of Tesla owners, who paid up to $10,000 for the company’s “full self-driving” software, can now ask the automaker for access to a trial version of the feature. But they must first demonstrate that they are sufficiently safe drivers by allowing Tesla to analyze data on their driving behavior.
Approved drivers may have access to “full self-driving” beta software as early as October 9, according to a Tweet From Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
Wow, great interest in the FSD beta! Version 10.2 is planned to start at midnight Friday, then on-ramp ~1000 owners/day, prioritized by safety rating.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 28, 2021
A small group of private citizens, no more than a few thousand at most, have already been testing the system for almost a year, and videos on Tesla’s social media showing them attempting to drive themselves through traffic with cautionary praise. have received. and ridicule. Tesla hasn’t released information on how many drivers, who they were, or how they were selected in the first “full self-driving” public beta test. Tesla is done criticized Not to seek consent from pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers who share a road with cars that are “fully self-driving” tested.
Tesla did not respond to a request for comment and does not generally engage with professional news media.
Tesla drivers will have to trade a privacy. Drivers who want early access to the technology must agree to allow Tesla to collect and judge data on their driving style.
Here’s a rundown of common questions about technology:
What is “Full Self-Driving”?
Tesla claimed in 2016 that all of its new vehicles had hardware capability for “full self-driving” and that it would soon offer complementary software to drive the cars themselves.
Musk has said that he thinks people will be able to sleep while driving in a Tesla. He talks of a future that includes a million robotaxis and Teslas running themselves across the country.
But the available version of “full self-driving” is a far cry from those ambitious claims and requires drivers to be vigilant. Drivers who used early versions of “full self-driving” had to intervene to prevent their cars from crashing into things or driving on the wrong side of the road. Sometimes drivers have praised the technology, other times they criticize it as there is no one better than a drunk driver. Many people have said that the technology generally seems to improve over time. Still, “full self-driving” can handle a situation perfectly, but then fail next time It faces the same situation.
Tesla is rolling out access to “full self-driving” as its customers are frustrated and tired of waiting years for the technology. Some are skeptical of Musk’s claims.
Even drivers who signed up for Tesla’s own technology admit that “FSD beta doesn’t make my car autonomous.”
Most autonomous vehicle experts agree that full self-driving means a car in which a person can sleep safely behind the wheel, and no attentive human driver is required. Regulators have repeatedly criticized Tesla’s use of the term “full self-driving.”
So far their actions have been more bark than bite. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has repeatedly stated in its statements that there are no vehicles available for sale that can be driven by themselves. But driver-assistance systems like Autopilot and “full self-driving” aren’t currently regulated, so Tesla and other automakers can deploy whatever driver-assistance technology they want. There are signs that this may be changing.
NHTSA has launched an investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot rear-ending emergency vehicles stalled on the road. The administration has also requested comprehensive data from automakers on their driver-assistance systems, and the tough talk continues.
“Tesla is putting untrained drivers on public roads as testers for their deceptively named, unproven system — a seemingly recipe for disaster,” US Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said on Sunday. “Serious safety concerns should overturn this reckless plan. This is Russian roulette for unsuspecting drivers and the public.”
Blumenthal has called for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Tesla’s autonomous driving features, and hailed the NHTSA investigation.
How is Tesla deciding which drivers will have access to “full self-driving”?
Tesla on Saturday announced a “safety score” it says will estimate the likelihood that a driver may be in a collision. According to Tesla, the Safety Score will track hard braking, aggressive turning, tailgating, forward collision warnings and autopilot disengagement. (Autopilot usually refers to Tesla’s more rudimentary suite of driver assist features such as traffic-aware cruise control.)
Musk has said That drivers will be given access to a “full self-driving” beta if their driving is “good” for seven days.
The people who have shared the Tesla Safety Score on social media so far have garnered a variety of reviews. very welcomed And hugged Score. some have expressed Wonder His score was given how high his driving style, while others have said Score appeared to be Low than expected. some have described Driving in a way that makes the system come into play to improve their score, but is not really typical behavior of a safe driver.
a tesla owner said She had achieved a score of 95 out of 100 after running a yellow light, not applying the brakes for the cyclist, and rolling through stop signs.
musk is said That the safety score “will evolve over time to more accurately predict the likelihood of a crash.”
Not everyone has access yet
Tesla owners who have an older version of Tesla’s touchscreen computer in their vehicles have described on social media and CNN Business that they don’t have the chance to sign up for “full self-driving.”
Before the “full self-driving” hardware update in 2016, even Tesla owners with early model vehicles generally couldn’t get access. Tesla owners outside the United States also described not having access to a “full self-driving” request on social media.
However, it’s not clear how many “full self-driving” betas in total may get the option to request access to the software. Tesla has not released information about how many drivers have purchased the option, nor has it released information on when, how, or how many drivers will be able to attempt to drive their car themselves.
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