Musk cancels full Tesla autonomous driving update, expects more breakthroughs
Last week, it appeared that Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) planned a broader rollout of the company’s full autonomous driving beta, an optional software update that allows Tesla vehicles to attempt to drive themselves from point A to point B with little or no driver intervention. The beta version has had a slow rollout, gradually adding more clients to the software under development. In early March, CEO Elon Musk said the beta was in such high demand that a button would be added to Tesla vehicles in a few weeks to allow anyone who has purchased the FSD option to join the beta at will. . After agreeing to a few terms, owners could join the development program and let the car drive itself as much as they wanted. Now Musk has pushed back that timeline, saying that an implementation is pointless at this point, as the system is undergoing “significant architectural changes.” The software is being updated to use more cameras simultaneously for better decision making. Radar won’t be needed in future versions either, something that is currently heavily relied upon by Tesla and other manufacturers’ driver assistance systems. Given significant architectural changes, including fundamental improvements to Pure Vision, 8.x testing is of limited value. Hoping to load V9.0 & button next month. – Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 20, 2021 NHTSA has stated that it is closely following this release. For now, the organization is taking a wait-and-see approach. When used properly, the system appears to be safe. Since the closed beta began at the end of last year, there has not been a single accident while the system was in use. FSD Beta is currently used by about 2,000 people in the US, according to Musk. Click here to view the Benzinga EV Hub for the latest EV news. Photo courtesy of Tesla. View more from BenzingaClick here to view BenzingaTesla version 11 UI update options leaked on Model S Gigapress image update destined for Tesla Cybertruck seen on video © 2021 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not offer investment advice. All rights reserved.