Tesla Motors Inc. has finally started to roll out the long-promised updates for its “Full Self-Driving” Beta v9 software. FSD Beta v9 also only relies on cameras and doesn’t include radar, which was previously used by Tesla’s advanced driver assistance system. The new version is now using Tesla Vision, a computer vision system that only relies on optical imagery and not any readings from the radar sensor that was previously an important part of Tesla’s sensor suite.
This update has been in the pipeline for months and was being constantly delayed, but when CEO Elon Musk put an actual date on the release, it was evident that Tesla was actually going to deliver it. Last night, the American EV giant started pushing Tesla FSD Beta v9.
Musk has been touting the new update as “mind-blowing” and an important step toward Tesla’s FSD package actually delivering a true full self-driving system.
Musk earlier promised v9 of the software in 2018 and said that the “long-awaited” version of FSD would begin rolling out in August, which eventually was postponed, again in 2019, Musk said that “a year from now” there would be “over a million cars with full self-driving, software, everything.”
Despite the name, this is not full self-driving, which is why this item is housed under ‘electric vehicles’, rather this is an advanced driver-assist system. For tesla fans and owners, this update is important because this is the first “feature complete” version of the so-called Full Self Driving.
For this, the automaker has reiterated important warnings regarding the use of the feature. It has said in an accompanying note that, “Full Self-Driving is in early limited access Beta and must be used with additional caution. It may do the wrong thing at the worst time, so you must always keep your hands on the wheel and pay extra attention on the road. Do not become complacent. When Full Self-Driving is enabled your vehicle will make lane changes off-highway, select forks to follow your navigation route, navigate around other vehicles and objects, and make left and right turns. Use Full Self-Driving in limited BEta only if you will pay constant attention to the road, and be prepared to act immediately, especially around blind corners, crossing intersections, and in narrow driving situations.”