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Today Tesla will release a fully functional version of its Full Self Driving package, which is the result of a "fundamental rewrite," but only for private beta testers.
Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced via Twitter that a limited beta will be released on Tuesday, October 20, in line with his earlier promises. He emphasized that a really small number of people who are experts and careful drivers will have access to it.
Elon Musk: Limited FSD Beta Releasing Next Weekhttps://t.co/ORdg55eJHv— Tesmanian.com (@Tesmanian_com) October 12, 2020
Today, a limited number of drivers will receive an update that should significantly change FSD. Tesla has been working diligently on a transition to a more complex AI framework that would improve the capabilities of Autopilot. If beta testing is successful, then Tesla owners who have purchased the FSD package will soon be able to use the full range of its advanced capabilities.
Deep learning systems used for applications such as autonomous driving are developed by training a machine learning model. Typically, the performance of the deep learning system is limited at least in part by the quality of the training set used to train the model.
FSD beta rollout happening tonight. Will be extremely slow & cautious, as it should.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 20, 2020
Now Autopilot will receive simultaneous surround video from eight cameras. All frames will be stitched into one frame, and then video segments will be created for marking and training.
Musk previously explained that Tesla is currently operating at 2.5D, but 2.5D is not well-correlated in time. We think about the world in three dimensions, but there is also a fourth—time. The improved FSD 4D will operate on all four dimensions, making it "a quantum leap."
"It's capable of things that if you just look - looking at things as individual pictures as opposed to video - basically, like you could go from like individual pictures to surround video. So, it's fundamental," said Musk.
"So, that architectural change, which has been underway for some time but has not really been rolled out to anyone in the production fleet, is what really matters for full self-driving," he continued.
Operating in 4D will be mind-blowingly advanced. Compared to your average automaker's driver-assist tech, 4D Autopilot isn't just a game-changer: It'll change the entire sport.
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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.