We have previously reported on CEO Elon Musk’s plans to launch a Full Self-Driving by next year. He told local reporters during his trip to Brazil that Tesla would have self-driving cars without needing a driver by next year.
“And I think probably we’ll not need anyone in the car at all, say, about a year from now,” CEO Musk said.
In August, we reported Musk’s announcement that the most anticipated ‘Full Self-Driving Beta’ would still be pursued. However, it has only limited availability for around 1,000 Tesla FSD Beta drivers. This sudden rollout slowdown for the FSD Beta (10.69) software update is said to be caused by “numerous major code changes.”
Musk recently hinted that significant upgrades to Tesla‘s autonomous software would be made in FSD Beta v.10.69.3. Furthermore, he made several indications of potential updates for 10.69.3. One of them is the added function of the car to gauge the velocity of fast-moving traffic.
Notably, it is indeed possible that the upcoming FSD Beta update will address some of the problems testers are having with Tesla’s software. It includes selecting lanes or struggling to turn at intersections.
Turns and Intersections
Teslarati received reports from some testers that their Tesla cars struggle at intersections with traffic signals. Some FSD Beta testers have also reported that their vehicles occasionally struggle to predict traffic during turns and intersections.
That said, the testers’ problem with intersections might be fixed if FSD Beta 10.69.3 enables the vehicle to gauge velocity.
Road Obstacle Detection Issues
Upon downloading 10.69.2.3, beta testers recently discovered another bug: problems with road obstacle detection.
“FSD Beta 10.69.2.3 repeatedly does not recognize [the] community exit gate. Sometimes attempts to crash *without* the Red Steering Wheel warning. Camera icon was pressed,” Dr. Rahaman told Teslarati.
Another beta tester reported that his vehicle failed to detect roadkill in its route.
Testers have noted a few minor “lane positioning, wide turns, and turn lane issues.” On the road, they also saw occasional occurrences of phantom breaking and jerking. However, these issues are not always “persistent.”
“Thoughts on improvement. Well, I think its kind [of] two steps forward and 1 step back. So it has improved but, at times, seems to regress. My drive, like I said, is pretty straightforward. I can have a drive with no issues whatsoever. The next day the same drive in the same conditions will have issues, then the next day not,” said Beta tester Jonathan.
Jonathan observed that FSD Beta would occasionally operate without issues for four to five days. He also added that phantom breaking had drastically decreased. However, there were still times when his Tesla would suddenly beep and instruct him to take over the drive.
“Some days seem like it’s gotten a lot better, and others feel like the car has reverted but then goes, ‘oh my bad sorry forgot I was better,’ then straightens up,” he added.
The Tesla FSD Beta 10.69.3’s increased levels of autonomy may prevent reckless and dangerous driving behaviors.