Early in the morning of July 10, Tesla began distributing V9 software for FSD Beta with improved ‘mind of car’ UI visualization. The first photos and videos using the software show tremendous improvements in rendering and some other things not covered in the release notes.
At midnight on Friday, Tesla sent emails to FSD beta testers with new information about V9 beta. The company has confirmed that Tesla Vision, which does not require radar, will be included in this update, as well as a raised top speed limit to 80mph. Since the update was downloaded at midnight, there are still not a lot of videos and experience descriptions available at the moment, however we can get a general idea.
The biggest and most significant improvement that is already noticeable is the ‘mind of car’ UI visualization. This is really impressive, as objects from the vehicle's environment are clearly displayed on the screen. We can see that the car clearly defines the type of vehicles around it by drawing sedans, SUVs, and trucks.
Really love the new UI. pic.twitter.com/lqhgicXqSn— 🐶v9 Earl of FSDBeta🐶 (@28delayslater) July 10, 2021
DRIVING VISUALIZATION IMPROVEMENTS
The driving visualization has been improved to better support Full Self-Driving capabilities. When Full Self-driving is engaged, the instrument panel will display an expanded visualization to show additional surrounding information. The apps on the left and right side of the instrument panel will be temporarily dismissed and the driving speed, Autopilot availability, Autopilot set speed, and detected speed will move to the bottom of the instrument panel. To disable the Expanded Full Self-Driving Visualization, tap Controls> Autopilot.
Another stunning update that has become noticeable so far is that FSD Beta now identifies when a vehicle in front turns has its brake lights on and displays this on the screen. This improvement shows the superiority of cameras, which proves that Full Self-Driving is only achievable with cameras in vehicles, while cars with only radars are not able to achieve this. For example, LIDAR cannot distinguish colors, and so is incapable of accomplishing this remarkable brake light feat.
Also in the release note, Tesla said that the Cabin Camera above the rear-view mirror can now detect driver inattentiveness, who is distracted from the road, and give sound signals as a reminder. This feature is only designed to remind drivers to be alert and camera images do not leave the vehicle.
The Cabin Camera above your rearview mirror can now determine driver inattentiveness and provide you with audible alerts, to remind you to keep your eyes on the road when Autopilot is engaged. Camera images do not leave the vehicle itself, which means the system cannot save or transmit information unless you enable data sharing. To change your data settings, tap Controls> Safety and Security> Data Sharing on your car's touchscreen.
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