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Tesla is gearing up for the wide release of the FSD Beta V11 update, which contains the long-awaited single stack. The wide release for testers will happen gradually over the coming weeks and, with exciting improvements, the full release notes are shown.
Tesla is steadily moving closer to achieving full autonomy by improving its Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta. While FSD Beta is already amazing and often able to move its passengers without a single intervention from the driver, it used two separate stacks: a separate one for city streets and a separate one for highway traffic. The transition to a single stack required a huge amount of neural network training, which the Tesla team has been doing in recent months. Along with FSD Beta V11 came the long-awaited single stack.
On November 11, Elon Musk announced that at 11:11 p.m., the company will start rolling out FSD Beta V11. Initially, it was only available to some employees of the company, who were supposed to test it. The head of the company explained that taking into account all the updates that are in the new version, it will take several weeks to expand it. After that, it will take a few more weeks to get a wide release in the US and Canada. At the same time, he said that it should be before Thanksgiving, which is next week.
Up to this point, we only had a partial release note for FSD Beta V11, but thanks to the efforts of @WholeMarsBlog/Twitter, we now have access to the full release note. Apart from the already known fact that the new version unifies the vision and planning stack on and off-highway, the notes give an idea of other improvements. For example, improved merging behavior, added highway behavior to offset away from blocked lanes and generic obstacles, improved speed-based lane change decisions to better avoid slowing down traffic in fast lanes, reduced sensitivity for speed-based lane changes in CHILL mode, improved smoothness at highway lane splits by being less strict about centering between lane lines and allowing lower jerk maneuvers and more.
Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta 11— Whole Mars Catalog (@WholeMarsBlog) November 19, 2022
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FSD BETA V11 RELEASE NOTES
- Enabled FSD Beta on highway. This unifies the vision and planning stack on and off-highway and replaces the legacy highway stack, which is over four years old. The legacy highway stack still relies on several single-camera and single-frame networks and was set up to handle simple lane-specific maneuvers. FSD Beta’s multi-camera video networks and next-gen planner, that allows for more complex agent interactions with less reliance on lanes, make way for adding more intelligent behaviors, smoother control, and better decision making.
- Improved Occupancy Network’s recall for close by obstacles and precision in severe weather conditions with 4x increase in transformer spatial resolution, 20% increase in image featurizer capacity, improved side camera calibration, and 260k more video training clips (real-world and simulation).
- Improved merging behavior by leveraging lane geometry and lane bounds, association with coarse map information and better gap selection algorithms, allowing for a smoother and safer experience.
- Added highway behavior to offset away from blocked lanes and generic obstacles like road debris while also adding a smooth hand-off between in-lane offsetting and lane changing.
- Improved speed-based lane change decisions to better avoid slowing down traffic in fast lanes, and interfere less with navigation.
- Reduced sensitivity for speed-based lane changes in CHILL mode.
- Improved lane changes to allow higher jerk maneuvers if required to stay on-route or to move away from lane blockages.
- Improved smoothness at highway lane splits by being less strict about centering between lane lines and allowing lower jerk maneuvers, where safe to do so.
- Reduced latency of trajectory optimization by 20% on average, without sacrificing behavior, by leveraging numerical tricks for more efficient computations.
Press the “Video Record” button on the top bar UI to share your feedback. When pressed, your vehicle’s external cameras will share a short VIN-associated Autopilot Snapshot with the Tesla engineering team to help make improvements to FSD. You will not be able to view the clip.
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