Sometimes the solution in Tesla takes a little longer, but then the solution becomes more complex. For example, owners of the premium Model S and X had to wait a long time for an automatic windshield wiper because not only did Tesla install a rain sensor, but used cameras that were already available everywhere for detection — their images are evaluated with their own neural network, he explained. Later CEO Elon Musk. And as it’s now announced, even the basic autopilot in its electric cars should get the artificially intelligent FSD software in a similar fashion, with which Tesla wants to get closer to self-driving.
FSD as the basis for Tesla Autopilot
“The autopilot function allows the vehicle to automatically steer, accelerate and brake in its lane,” Tesla explains on an information page. It is now part of the basic equipment of all models. Part of it is also all the hardware required, according to Tesla, for the software option FSD (short for full self-driving capability, i.e. capability or in the “potential” German version of self-driving), which is subject to an additional cost. It consists of cameras on the front, sides and back, as well as ultrasonic sensors (see the drawing above) and a computer, also called an FSD, on which the program runs.
In a beta test in the USA, Tesla is currently trying to make its autopilot software so intelligent that a computer can drive almost error-free. It is also called FSD and it has now reached version 10.10.2. According to CEO Musk, the next big step should be the V11, which combines programming for city streets and highways differently than before. As he now emphasized when asked, Tesla’s primary autopilot should not have all the functionality of an FSD, but rather it should run on the same software.
– Elon Musk Feb 23 2022
The reason for this was already included in the Twitter message, then was followed by the CEO with a short affirmation with a “yes”: Tesla probably wouldn’t want to maintain two different programming modes for the standard autopilot and the FSD in the long run and therefore both of them integrating the new FSD rule, one of his close followers speculated. . However, a timeline for this cannot be found in the Twitter exchange.
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Some observers were hoping for March, because Musk announced an autopilot system update for Europe for this month last year. Here, too, the FSD option has been available for purchase for years, but has not started beta testing with the newly written software for it, unlike in the USA. Instead, it gets the impression that Tesla hardly developed the Autopilot system for the Old Continent because it still relies on legacy programming. So the news of the integration of the FSD and standard autopilot is gratifying as it promises adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping capabilities on a technologically advanced basis. However, given the experience of FSD to date, it is not expected that it will be implemented in the near future.
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