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Tesla Autopilot's team has made staggering progress towards achieving Level 5 autonomy. Two weeks ago, the company introduced FSD Beta to a limited number of Tesla owners in the USA who are currently testing and helping to improve it. The first countries to receive it next after the USA are Canada and Norway.
Due to the rave reviews of those who are currently testing FSD Beta, other Tesla owners are striving to get access to the rewritten Autopilot as soon as possible. However, at the moment, the only owners who can count on this are US residents.
In order for the new FSD to become available in other countries, Tesla will have to wait for regulatory approval in each country. However, before regulators in different countries begin to consider the company's application, Tesla must improve its FSD. This will only happen after the company has gone through a series of tests, training and updates.
According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the rewritten FSD will begin to spread around the world only after Tesla gets the US out of early beta. The first countries to receive it will be Canada and Norway.
Canada and Norway are next after we get US out of early beta!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 2, 2020
Tesla owners in Canada, due to the close proximity to the USA, are typically among the first to get 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 gain access to the rewritten FSD.
Norway, in turn, 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.