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Tesla can now detect Autopilot defeat devices thanks to FSD Beta V10.69.3.1. The use of this device is extremely dangerous and its detection will cause the driver to receive a strike leading to an exclusion from the program.
Tesla is constantly improving in order to provide the best products. The company is close to having software that will drive its vehicles, without the intervention of a human driver. In order to make this possible, Tesla has been working on improving the Full Self-Driving (FSD) feature, and at the end of 2020 introduced FSD Beta. Testers who own Tesla vehicles and want to install test software on their vehicles have done a great job over the past two years providing the company with a huge amount of data to train neural networks (NNs). Finally, the company has reached its first major milestone with the development of FSD Beta V11 with a single-stack, which should be rolled out before the end of 2022.
Tesla recently began rolling out FSD Beta V10.69.3.1, which has been made available to the public in North America upon request. This means that all drivers, regardless of their safety score, can now install the software on their cars. On the one hand, this is a manifestation of Tesla's confidence in FSD Beta, but on the other hand, the basic safety principles still remain unchanged. Despite the constant progress in development, Tesla clearly warns all participants in the program to be extremely vigilant and ready to take control of the car at any time, as it is still a test.
Despite Tesla's warnings, there are still irresponsible people who will look for a way to cheat and do as they want, regardless of the consequences. In order for Autopilot and FSD Beta to remain active, the manufacturer requires that the driver's hands be on the steering wheel. For this, it has special sensors that determine this. However, some people who are indifferent to the safety of road users have come up with a special device that deceives the car, simulating the presence of hands on the steering wheel.
In an attempt to avoid the use of such a device for FSD Beta testers, Tesla built in an add-on that can detect some forms of autopilot defeat devices in V10.69.3.1, according to information discovered by @teslascope/Twitter. It is reported that if such a device is founded, the program participant will receive a strike, which will ultimately lead to exclusion from testing FSD Beta.
The latest version of Full Self-Driving Beta (V10.69.3.1) can detect some forms of autopilot defeat devices and will be slowly adapted over time as new methods are discovered by Tesla.— Teslascope (@teslascope) November 25, 2022
If detected, it will result in a forced autopilot disengagement; resulting in strikes.
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