The release of FSD Beta, along with widespread distribution of videos demonstrating its capabilities, make FSD a very compelling add-on for Tesla owners and prospective consumers. At the moment, only owners in the United States have the opportunity to test it out, however this situation may be changing, as residents of Canada can also soon expect FSD Beta.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted today that FSD Beta will be extended to Canada very soon, which delighted many Tesla owners in the country. Musk also reiterated that there are subtle, important differences between US and Canadian road traffic regulations, hinting that the team needs to do a good job on this before beta rolls out to Canadians.
There are subtle, important, differences between US & Canada traffic rules, but FSD beta will be extended to Canada very soon— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 26, 2020
It should also be remembered that, for FSD Beta to become available in Canada (as in other countries), Tesla will have to wait for regulatory approval. However, before regulators begin to consider the company's filing, Tesla must improve its FSD Beta. This will only happen after the company carries out a series of tests, training and updates, with the help of beta testers in the US, who help Tesla daily.
Tesla owners in Canada, due to the close proximity to the USA, are typically among the first to gain access to new products and updates from the company. Tesla is also well-acquainted with all the intricacies of the regulatory process in the country, so it’s not surprising that Canada will be one of the first to be granted access to the rewritten FSD.
In early November, Musk mentioned that, in addition to Canada, Norway is also on the list of countries that will be among the first to gain access to FSD Beta. Norway is the country with the highest Tesla density in the world, and is also positively positioned for testing self-driving cars. The country has a law that aims to facilitate the testing of self-driving vehicles in a framework that pays special attention to road safety and privacy concerns.
While there is no exact timeframe right now, we know that a wide rollout of FSD Beta in the US could occur towards the end of 2020. This means that Tesla owners in other countries may receive it as early as 2021.
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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.