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Tesla has made great progress with Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta, which is currently being tested by around 1000 beta testers in the real world. However, with each new version, it continues to improve, which means the company can start to gradually increase the number of people who can test it. After the recent release of version 8.2, the number of beta testers will be doubled, and from version 8.3, a 10X increase is possible.
At the moment, FSD Beta is in early beta limited access and should be used with extreme caution. At the most inopportune moment, it can work incorrectly, so drivers should always keep their hands on the steering wheel, pay more attention to the road and be ready to intervene immediately if the situation calls for it.
When vehicles participating in the beta testing program are in FSD mode, they can make lane changes off-highway, select forks to follow the navigation route, navigate around other vehicles and objects, and make left and right turns. All of that, according to feedback, often happens with zero driver intervention.
During the Q4 2020 Earnings Call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company currently has about 1,000 beta testers. But, with the recently released version 8.2, their number should double, he tweeted on March 6. Along with this, Musk also said that everyone can request Tesla to participate in the beta testing of FSD Beta.
If you want the Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta downloaded to your car, let us know. Doubling beta program size now with 8.2 & probably 10X size with 8.3. Still be careful, but it’s getting mature.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 6, 2021
Apart from this, the CEO also talked about the significant progress that will take place in version 8.3 and will have "literally ~1000 improvements." Musk shared that the new version must go through internal quality assurance for 2-3 weeks before it becomes available to beta testers. To show how confident Tesla is about the improvements in the next version, Musk wrote that with version 8.3, the number of testers is likely to increase 10-fold.
Beta V8.3 has literally ~1000 improvements. Will take time to QA internally before release probably in two or three weeks.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 6, 2021
While FSD Beta is relatively new software at the moment, it is already becoming mature, according to Musk's description. Version 9.0 is expected to be a real game-changer and will allow Tesla to distribute FSD Beta more widely. It seems the company is already on track to reach Level 5 autonomy this year.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.