Tesla Doubled FSD Beta Program Size with Version 8.2 & Probably a 10X Increase with 8.3, says Elon Musk

Eva Fox by Eva Fox March 06, 2021

Tesla Doubled FSD Beta Program Size with Version 8.2 & Probably a 10X Increase with 8.3, says Elon Musk

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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.


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.


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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