Tesla has released the beta version 9 full self-driving update to users in the early access program. Although the company made its debut in the self-driving space a few years ago, it has finally raised the curtains on its Full Self-driving System.
The company has warned drivers and advised them to not be very complacent while driving as the software “may do the wrong things at the worst time”.
Elon Musk’s past announcements on the update
Apart from his out-of-the-box ideas, Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk has become increasingly famous for missing deadlines. Musk originally said that the software update will be released in 2018, then in 2019, and most recently within the first half of 2021.
At the beginning of July, Musk again touched on the topic and said that the update will be released soon. He also provided insights into the root cause of the delay and said that self-driving technology is harder than he thought.
More about the full self-driving update
The screenshots of the recently released updates were shared on social media by Tesla. In the screenshots, Tesla indicates that it has made improvements in driving visualization, which will now provide in-depth surrounding information on the in-car display.
Besides that, the company has also improved the cabin camera located above the rearview mirror. According to the company, the cabin camera can identify a driver’s inattentiveness and send audio alerts to ensure they are focused on the road while using the autopilot system.
Tesla also stated that all the images captured by the cabin camera will not be shared unless the driver gives the green signal.
The release notes said,” Camera images do not leave the vehicle itself, which means the system cannot save or transmit data unless you enable data sharing.”
As of now, it is not very easy to understand the scale of improvement the beta version will offer to Tesla’s full self-driving system.
Musk said that the company has been working toward addressing a range of familiar issues and there is a chance of something still going wrong.
As things stand, the Beta version 9 is only available to users who are part of Tesla’s early access program.
Users should make a note that despite the name of the system, it does not mean that the car can completely drive on itself. Although the system can take care of the driving, braking, accelerating, and steering, the driver should be alert at all times to take over control at any moment.
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