On Thursday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company intends to roll out this year its ‘full self-driving (FSD) beta software to all clients in North America who have plunked down as much as $12,000 for the controversial version of its driver assistance system. Musk announced while wearing a black cowboy hat during the Tesla Cyber Rodeo, an event to celebrate the grand opening of its factory in Austin.
Tesla Autopilot Team has Done an Incredible Job in Building the New FSD beta software
“The Tesla Autopilot team and AI team has done an incredible job building real-world AI and we’re able to go to wide beta for all full self-driving customers in North America this year,” Musk stated during a speech that was live-streamed. Moreover, Full Self Driving, or FSD as it is often branded, has been available as an alternative for years. However, Tesla automobiles are not self-driving. Tesla automobiles come standard with a driver assistance system branded as Autopilot.
For an added $12,000, owners can purchase FSD beta software – a feature that Musk has repeatedly pledged will one day deliver full self-sufficient driving capabilities. Furthermore, the new FSD beta software includes the parking feature Summon as well as Navigate on Autopilot, an active guidance system that steers a car from a highway on-ramp to off-ramp, including interchanges and making lane changes.
60,000 Tesla Owners Have Gained Access to the Latest Software
In addition to this, the new FSD beta software is now operational on city streets. Tesla has launched FSD to some, but not all, of the clients who have paid for the product. The company launched a “safety score” tool last year to determine whether owners can access the beta version of its “Full Self-Driving” software. Tesla said in its Q4 shareholder letter, that 60,000 Tesla owners had gained access to the new software.