This photo of the retail version of Tesla’s Model Y was included in the company’s 2019 fourth quarter earnings report.
Tesla ran into a problem with the latest version of the prototype driver assistance system over the weekend and scrambled to fix it after the first release.
On Sunday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrote about the update on Twitter and named it Full Self-Driving Beta 10.3.1.
“We had some issues with 10.3, so we will temporarily revert to 10.2,” Musk wrote. “Note that this is expected with beta software. It is not possible to test all hardware configurations under all circumstances using internal QA, or public beta.”
Musk did not provide details about what needs to be fixed, but tweeted on Monday that he will “deploy 10.3.
Some Tesla FSD beta participants told CNBC that they were able to get an email from Tesla and download the revised update on Monday.
CNBC contacted Tesla on Sunday and Monday, but the company has yet to respond to the rollback and revision of the FSD beta.
Tesla’s Driver Assistance System is sold in the United States as Autopilot, Full Self-Driving, FSD Beta, but Tesla does not manufacture self-driving cars and places the driver’s handle in the owner’s manual. I warn you to “prepare”. to assume office at any time”
The FSD is sold with the promise that the Tesla will automatically change lanes, navigate freeways, in and out of parking lots. FSD beta gives drivers the opportunity to test out the unfinished “Urban Autosteer” feature. This allows the driver to navigate the road and city automatically without having to move the steering wheel with his hands.
FSD beta software has not been sufficiently debugged to be considered safe for general use and wide release. Tesla has already released the FSD beta to thousands of users and is in the process of expanding access to US drivers, which the company rates as having a high “safety score.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk stands at the Tesla Gigafactory foundry during the press event.
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Tesla raised $2.7 billion in 2019 from the sale of shares and convertible bonds after saying the unmanned technology would propel the company to a market capitalization of $500 billion. The company also claimed that adding Robotaxi features via software updates would increase the value of Tesla cars, each by up to $250,000 within three years.
Tesla’s market capitalization exceeded $500 billion late last year, and the stock is currently trading record-breaking, with a valuation of $1 trillion for the first time on Monday. However, the company is yet to offer self-driving cars.
FSD Beta 10.3
A release note obtained by CNBC from a Tesla owner earlier this week states that FSD beta 10.3 has improvements from previous versions.
“By adding a +25k video clip to the training dataset, we have reduced false deceleration,” Tesla said in the release notes, and “improved vehicle semantic detection (brake lights, turn indicators, hazards, etc.).” I am
In version 10.3, Tesla allowed users to adjust the settings of various FSD beta features to their liking for more or less aggressive autonomous driving.
“The 10.3 features make the ride more human,” Kevin Smith, owner and FSD beta tester of the 2021 Model Y near Nashville, Tennessee, told CNBC. According to Smith, the previous release, 10.2, was choppy, especially when driving from corners to highways.
However, Smith said FSD beta 10.3 had obvious bugs during the day and night test drive on Sunday. He said after parking his car was unavailable for auto-steering and traffic-conscious cruise control features.
Other testers have complained about automatic emergency braking (AEB) issues and false forward collision warnings on social media.
In a video by Tesla FSD beta participant YouTuber Chuck Cook, FSD Beta v. Describes the features of 10.3 in detail.
Cook tells his followers, “Be careful when navigating with v10.3. Autopilot. Many people report AEB braking incidents that can lead to rear-end scenarios without dangerous traffic. Report the problem to Tesla has been given.”
The new version released on Monday came with the same release note as FSD beta 10.3, according to both copies obtained by CNBC.
lack of communication
Rather than revert to the previous version that Musk promised, at least some Tesla owners lost full access to the FSD beta software when they accepted the wireless update to version 10.3 on Sunday.
Tesla did not contact him by email about what was happening on Sunday.
Other Tesla owners, such as Smith, either did not accept the installation of the Wireless Rollback Update or did not complete the installation and instead retained the FSD beta version 10.3 software. Later, some noticed that the automatic emergency braking system is turned off by default.
“As an FSD beta tester, I am looking forward to a change, but communication is absolutely critical, especially if there are changes to security settings like AEB,” Smith hesitated to return to AEB on Sunday. I added that I did.
Andrew Maynard, head of the innovation lab at Arizona State University, said Tesla is the only automaker’s beta-testing facility for cars with customers. Automakers generally ensure that what they produce is safe and conforms to regulations and standards before placing vehicles on public roads.
“What is emerging is self-regulation of the worst kind, and companies are deciding what is safe and what is unsafe without the oversight of regulators and other security officials,” Maynard said. where did it go. “At least Tesla is well aware that they can respond quickly if there is a safety issue, but I think they should not have been in that situation or put their customers in that situation in the first place. insist in. “
The National Transportation Safety Commission, a federal vehicle safety oversight body, has criticized Tesla’s approach to driver assistance systems, and finds it irresponsibly dangerous to test unfinished autonomous driving systems with customers, especially on public roads. . It says
The NTSB sent Musk a letter praising the company’s technical team, but warned leadership in the fall of 2017 that it had not adopted the practices recommended by the group.
Another federal agency with the right to recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has quietly revised the information on expanding public FSD beta testing as well as to improve the safety of its Autopilot driving assistance software. I ordered Tesla to disclose it.
According to a memo published by the NHTSA on its website on Monday, Tesla has requested the agency to keep its response to the investigation confidential.
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