After years of testing, Tesla is preparing to open the beta of its FSD, or autonomous driving, to all drivers who have paid for the option. According to Elon Musk, this should be available by the end of the year. The billionaire seized the opportunity to ensure that technology is pushed to the point where it’s almost unnecessary to take the wheel.
In recent months, the number of Tesla FSD users has skyrocketed. From 100,000 this summer, it rose to 160,000 in September. A guarantee of popularity, of course, but also a sign of the will of the manufacturer to extend its beta to more drivers. Confirmed by Elon Musk himself during an internal meeting this week. The billionaire has announced that anyone who subscribes to the program will have access to autonomous driving until the end of the year.
Elon Musk is visibly enthusiastic about the project and is also responsible for it keep getting better. according to him “You almost never have to touch the controls of the vehicle” when autonomous driving is activated. The Tesla boss goes even further by stating that by next year his teams will have collected enough data to do the FSD safer than any manually driven vehicle.
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” We are nearly there “, concluded Elon Musk, emphasizing once again that autonomous driving is almost autonomous. Only here it is only “almost” autonomous. It is indeed important to note that although the two technologies may appear similar, the FSD is in no way an automatic pilot which can be left running unattended.
Autonomous driving makes it possible to let go of the steering wheel for a certain time, but e.gUnder no circumstances should the driver take his attention off the road. The FSD certainly works particularly well, but still does not replace the driver. Anyway, this announcement from Elon Musk comes some time after Tesla raised the price of the beta to $15,000.