FULL SELF-DRIVING BETA:Tesla unlocks self-driving mode for U.S. users

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With a new software version, Tesla drivers can activate the self-driving mode FSD. However, there is a safety check before the release. The US electric car manufacturer Tesla is in principle unlocking its software package for autonomous driving for all US users. Installing software version 2021.32. 22 will enable activation of the Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta, US media reported, citing Tesla drivers. However, the function will only be unlocked after a “safety check. ” In addition, the mode is only available in the USA for the time being. Tesla CEO Elon Musk had already announced the release for all users last May. Until now, the “full potential for autonomous driving” has only been accessible to a few testers. Delays were caused, among other things, by Tesla’s decision not to use radar sensors, which other manufacturers reject for autonomous driving. Screenshots posted by users on Twitter speak of “limited early access to Full Self-Driving Beta. ” It goes on to say, “The Tesla team will analyze your vehicle’s driving data to determine your suitability. ” The safety score (“safety score”) can be viewed in the Tesla app at any time, it adds. After suitability is confirmed, the vehicle receives another software update, it says.

Here’s how Tesla calculates the safety score

According to Tesla, the safety score is calculated on the basis of five factors. These include collision warnings per 1,000 miles, emergency braking, aggressive acceleration to the right or left, tailgating and forced disengagement of Autopilot. According to Tesla, the formula used to calculate the value was based on six billion miles driven by Tesla vehicles. Users must consent to the analysis of their vehicle data. They are also advised that when self-driving mode is activated, they must permanently monitor traffic and keep their hands on the wheel. “FSD Beta does not make my car autonomous,” the notice says. In addition, access to the software can be revoked at any time, it adds. Two weeks ago, Tesla had released version 10 of the FSD software. According to initial reports, the car should drive better in off-highway situations.

Criticism from consumer advocates

Despite the warnings, consumer advocates continue to view the feature critically. The software lacks safety precautions, U.S. consumer advocates criticized in July 2021, saying they feared Tesla drivers and other road users would be at risk if the software was used on public roads. The experts looked at videos on social media taken by drivers trying out the system. Among them are situations in which the vehicles cut corners, touch bushes on the side of the road and head toward parked cars. “Consumers are simply paying as test engineers to develop technology without adequate protection,” said Jake Fisher, senior director of Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center. “It’s not enough for Tesla to just ask people to pay attention – the system needs to make sure they’re alert when the system is in operation.”

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