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Tesla is making progress with full self driving beta testing

Tesla is making progress with full self driving beta testing
Tesla is making progress with full self driving beta testing

Tesla owners with compatible vehicles may want to participate in the public beta feature now. Tesla is continuing its plans to offer fully self-driving functionality as a semi-public beta for people who meet certain requirements despite concerns about software security.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on September 1 that his company plans to expand the availability of the FSD software later this month via a “public opt-in button”. Previously, it was only offered to a subset of its customers as an increasingly expensive supplement.

However, there are some concerns about the security of the FSD and the autopilot feature on which it is based. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said just weeks before Musk’s announcement that it, for example, was investigating autopilot in response to eleven crashes.

US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chair Jennifer Hondi also told the Wall Street Journal that “important safety issues need to be addressed” before the FSD expansion, saying Tesla “obviously has a lot of people on board.” Misleading “. and misuse of technology”.

The problem is, neither FSD nor autopilot do what most people expect – they offer autonomous driving options – based on their name. This has led some Tesla owners to overestimate the system’s ability to drive itself, with some disastrous results.

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However, that hasn’t stopped Tesla from releasing more public betas of FSD, as the Washington Post reports that drivers can request access to the feature starting September 25. This request is not guaranteed to be met, but it is clear that Tesla plans to move forward.

Tesla plans to evaluate drivers on five different factors to determine if they qualify for FSD: the number of collision warnings they receive per 1,000 miles driven, heavy braking, aggressive cornering, dangerous pursuits, and forced Autopilot stops.

The company says it uses the Predicted Collision Frequency Formula (PCF) to “predict how many collisions can occur per 1 million miles,” based on the metrics associated with each of those factors. The PCF formula is then used to determine the driver’s safety rating.

“The current formula is based on statistical modeling with fleet data from 6 billion miles,” Tesla said. “We hope to make changes to the formula in the future as we gain more information about customers and data.”

It’s not clear what security rating is required to access the FSD public beta. The company also didn’t say whether to revoke access to the beta’s FSD if driver safety ratings fell below the minimum, but Musk said the company has done so in the past so it looks like a possibility.

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