Tesla delivered one of the biggest upgrades to its Full Self Driving software in a long while. The Magazine The Verge reports that Tesla is rolling out FSD beta version 9 to Early Access Program users, and it’s a sizable upgrade. Tesla first promised to begin activating FSD features in August 2018.
It’s not full autonomy, despite the long-standing name, but it enables numerous Autopilot driver assists off-highway (such as lane changes and turns) while delivering many fixes. You’ll also see revamped visualizations that offer “additional surrounding information” which means it gives a better sense of what the car sees.
The update simultaneously references a recently activated feature that uses the cabin camera to make sure you’re paying attention while Autopilot is engaged. Regardless of improvements, Musk urged beta testers to “please be paranoid” and be ready to take the wheel at a moment’s notice.
Version 9 has been a long while in coming. It supposes to come in August 2018, and Elon Musk vowed to have “over a million” cars driving themselves in 2020. This latest release suggests there’s some progress, even if it’s unlikely that true autonomous driving will be ready in the near future.