Tesla has released updates to the long awaiting Full Self-Driving beta version in the US a feature that is still not applicable to UK roads.
The new beta version is being released over the air to test the drivers in the US, giving thousands of Tesla drivers functionality of their purchased FSD option.
This will enable drivers to use many of the autopilot’s advanced driver assist features on smaller roads.
Elon Musk have been promising a version nine of the software for a long time now, actually since 2018.
But, Does the feature really meet up to the promises that were made by the manufacturer when they purchased the optional extra?
Musk has stated in a tweet that, “Beta 9 addresses most known issues, but there will be unknown issues, so please be paranoid.”
He went on the comment, “Safety is always top priority at Tesla.” and that drivers should be aware that “it may do the wrong thing at the worst time”.
Tesla operates less like a car manufacturer than it’s competition, happy to test out beta versions of the software on paying customers.
This isn’t to say that testing features is a bad thing, and the customers who purchased the FSD option obviously knew what they were getting into.
But, would you feel comfortable behind the wheel of a car driving 60 or 70 miles an hour and the company who developed the software behind it would refuse to take the blame in an accident.
Tesla warn their drivers to keep eyes on the road and hands on the wheel at all times when full self drive is available, however the car is on sale without any robust driver monitoring system to ensure that the drivers do so.
Since autopilot was first introduced in 2015, there has been 11 crashes while autopilot was enabled and nine deaths.
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