The latest Tesla FSD Beta technology could be submitted to regulators in Europe as early as summer 2022, Elon Musk said. This could be the start of a global rollout of the feature, bringing the manufacturer even closer to fully autonomous vehicles.
Tesla FSD Beta is a highly anticipated feature among owners around the world. In the US, it began to be tested at the end of 2020, with a limited number of owners. Over the next six months, FSD Beta was rolled out to about 2,000 testers. After the feature overcame key issues and became safer, Tesla began rolling it out widely in the US to drivers on request.
In February 2022, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed that there are about 60 FSD Beta testers in Canada, confirming that the manufacturer has been testing the feature there for some time. However, in the near future, their number will be increased. During his speech at Giga Berlin, on the occasion of the official launch of the factory, Musk confirmed that the feature would soon be released in Canada. In addition, he said that this year, it may go even beyond North America.
Musk said Tesla is actively working to improve the feature as much as possible. The team has already achieved good results in the US—so good that within the next 2-3 months, the feature could be ready to be submitted to European Union regulators.
“I think we’ll be ready to show it to regulators in the EU, I dunno, maybe within 2 or 3 months, but we’ve got to do quite a lot of work for all the special case situations in Europe.”
The head of Tesla emphasized that the team still needs to do quite a lot of work for all special cases. The main difficulty lies in the fact that the roads in different countries of the European Union vary greatly, as well as some traffic rules and road markings. In addition, the languages of the countries also vary greatly, so achieving good FSD Beta functionality there is even more difficult.
“The roads, as you know if you've driven around Europe, the roads vary quite a lot by country. The road rules, the way the lines are painted, its different, then you've got to recognize all the different languages. It's quite difficult to do FSD in Europe, it's much more difficult than in the US or Canada.”
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