On Tuesday, October 20, the first early access program (EAP) members received a rewritten Autopilot to start beta testing and help Tesla improve it. Apparently, initially, only a few participants who were located in California gained access to it. However, we do not know the exact location of all test participants by state and rely only on publicly available information that some participants have posted on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
During the Q3 2020 Earnings Call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company will continue to distribute the Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta and reach even more members. After that, we received information that the beta-testers were in other US states.
As of today, we know that FSD beta testers are located in nine states: California, Arizona, Hawaii, Oregon, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Connecticut, North Carolina and Florida. @28delayslater/Twitter has mapped the distribution of FSD across states, according to testers who contacted him.
Beta testers of the rewritten Autopilot are doing a very important and responsible job, thanks to which FSD will be improved to the point whereby it can be presented to all Tesla owners. Tesla collects the necessary data and makes the appropriate changes.
A new update was presented yesterday and has probably already made significant improvements. If beta testing is successful, then, according to the company's plan, Tesla will make this feature available to owners by the end of this year.
"We're starting very slow, and very cautiously because the world is a complex and messy place," Musk said. “We’ll see how it goes and probably release it to more people this weekend or early next week and then just gradually step it up until we have hopefully a wide release by the end of this year.”
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