Elon Musk promises widespread rollout of Tesla FSD beta this year – TechCrunch

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said late Thursday that the company plans to release its “full self-driving” beta software this year to all customers in North America who have spent up to $12,000 on the controversial version of its driver assistance system.

The CEO made the announcement while donning a black cowboy hat during the Tesla Cyber ​​Rodeo, an event to celebrate the grand opening of its factory in Austin.

“Tesla’s Autopilot team and AI team have done an amazing job building real-world AI and we can move into broad beta for all self-driving customers in North America this year. Musk said during a speech that was broadcast live.

Full Self Driving, or FSD as it’s often called, has been available as an option for years. However, Tesla vehicles are not autonomous. Tesla vehicles come standard with an Autopilot-branded driver assistance system. For an additional $12,000, owners can purchase FSD, a feature that Musk has repeatedly promised will one day bring full autonomous driving capabilities. FSD includes the Parking Summon feature as well as Navigate on Autopilot, an active guidance system that steers a car from the freeway on-ramp to the freeway off-ramp, including interchanges and lane changes. It is now operational on the streets of the city.

Tesla has released FSD to some, but not all, customers who have paid for the product. The company released a “security score” tool last year to determine whether owners can access the beta version of its “Full Self-Driving” software. Tesla said in its fourth-quarter letter to shareholders that 60,000 Tesla owners had gained access to FSD’s beta software.

Numerous videos have been posted since the FSD beta software was first released, showing owners pushing the limits of the system’s capabilities or, in many cases, highlighting the limitations of the software, including making sudden turns, attempting to drive in wrong way on roads or turning towards pedestrians.

Other Cyber ​​Rodeo Tidbits

Elon Musk and Franz von Holzhausen with Tesla Cybertruck at the opening of the Austin factory.

Aside from a sentence delivered by the exec when he could get a word out, with so many fans screaming and even crying, Musk said no more about this FSD release. He also didn’t share many tangible updates, just hinting that next year would be the year of “some cool stuff that we haven’t even talked about yet.”

However, he did share some statistics about the new factory.

The mile-long, $1.1 billion plantTesla’s sixth gigafactory and the company’s new world headquarters will produce not only the Model Y, which are currently Tesla’s most popular vehicle, but also, as of 2023, the Semi, the Roadster and the highly anticipated Cybertruck. It will also produce 4680 battery cells.

“This year is about scaling, and then next year there will be a massive wave of new products,” Musk said.

New products like a “dedicated robot taxi” that will look “pretty futuristic” and the first version of Tesla’s humanoid robot, Optimus, whose concept was unveiled last year.

“Optimus will ignore what an economy means,” Musk said. “He’ll be able to do basically anything humans don’t want to do, Optimus will. It’s going to be a time of plenty… he’s really going to transform the world, I think, to an even greater degree than cars.”

Musk did not say whether Optimus will be produced at the Texas gigafactory, which Musk referred to as “the most advanced car factory the Earth has ever seen.”

The Austin factory differs from the other five Tesla factories because everything needed to produce a vehicle is under one roof, Musk said.

“What we think makes sense is to really think of it as a chip, as an integrated circuit,” Musk said. “Combine everything together in one package. This is a case of raw materials coming from one side, forming in a cell, forming in a package. Then we cast the front rear bodywork. The package itself is structural. And then a finished product comes out. So it’s raw materials on one side and cars on the other.”

The design of this building will help Tesla move to “truly massive scale,” part of Musk’s plan to grow the company to “extreme size.”

Many thought Musk would reveal updates to the Cybertruck at the event, with some on social media reporting seeing rear glass drop to help haul cargo, updated side repeater cameras on the front fenders, and a mid-guard to separate the bed and seats. of the passenger, but the executive did not mention them. The only “upgrade” Musk mentioned on stage was that the Cybertruck wouldn’t have door handles, because “the car can tell you’re there and it just knows it needs to open.”

Musk closed his short speech at the Cyber ​​Rodeo by saying, “Here at Tesla, we believe in throwing great parties, so let’s get this party started.”

‘Literally the biggest party in the world’

Before Musk took the stage in a 2008 Roadster to “Still DRE,” a YouTube live stream and a social media scan demonstrated some of the delicacies to be found at the party, where, according to reports, guests were greeted with a self-guided tour of the Model Y production line.

Photos from the event shared on social media show that Tesla has truly embraced the spirit of Texas in a way that goes beyond not paying a corporate tax rate: Texas-style art and entertainment in the form of a giant metal hat. ten gallon tanks, a mechanical Bull and 87 red, white and blue Teslas in the shape of the Texas flag were on display.

In the minutes before Musk addressed the crowd, a pretty impressive drone show took over the skies. Showcasing Cyber ​​Rodeo iconography in the sky one minute, a Cybertruck-shaped set of lights the next, a Shiba Inu for all you Dogecoin fans, and an image of the executive himself wearing a cowboy hat, looming in the sky as the Dark Mark.

Unfortunately, not everyone who wanted to be at the Cyber ​​Rodeo was able to attend.

Musk tweeted on Wednesday that entry to the event “won’t be very strict,” prompting many fans to try to line up and get in. Unfortunately, the poor souls have been consistently away from security They say that no one enters without an invitation.

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