It seems that Tesla is planning to expand its Full Self Driving (FSD) beta. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that Tesla is going to double its size with a new software update that will increase the number of participants tenfold.
Last Friday, Musk tweeted “Still be careful, but it’s getting mature.” On Saturday, he said, “due to high levels of demand,” Tesla would add a “download beta” button to Tesla displays in the coming days.
Note that back in October 2020, Tesla first introduced its FSD beta to vehicle owners in its Early Access Program. At the time, Elon Musk said that the company was handling the software update “very cautiously.”
He recommended that drivers should continue to keep their hands on the steering wheel while driving so that the driver is always prepared to resume control from their Tesla at any time. As per Electrek, Tesla used data from the FSB beta to improve performance. Last month, Musk said there were about 1,000 vehicles in the beta.
Musk said that here in Tesla’s case, the term beta is “used to reduce complacency in usage and set expectations appropriately. All software is first tested by Tesla simulation and QA drive teams.”
Musk said due to regulatory approval delays and Tesla’s own internal development and testing, the availability of the FSD beta will vary by region. Last Saturday, Tesla’s director of AI tweeted that Tesla owners who are interested in participating in the beta should send an email at email@example.com.
Last Saturday, Musk tweeted, “If you want the Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta downloaded to your car, let us know. Doubling beta program size now with 8.2 & probably 10X size with 8.3. Still be careful, but it’s getting mature.” On Sunday, he retweeted this with a new tweet, “Due to high levels of demand for FSD Beta, adding “Download Beta” button to Service section of car display in ~10 days.”
On Sunday, in another tweet, Musk wrote “Availability varies by region due to regulatory approval delays and/or Tesla internal development & testing. Note: word “Beta” is used to reduce complacency in usage & set expectations appropriately. All software is first tested internally by Tesla simulation & QA drive teams.”