ACCURATE.CO Some time ago, Tesla had already started a software update for its long-awaited Full Self-Driving (FSD) 9 beta version. This is claimed to be today’s sophisticated driver assistance system.
As promised by Elon Musk, this software update, which has begun to be uploaded, is aimed at the thousands of Tesla owners who have purchased cars with the FSD option. This update allows drivers to use many advanced driver assistance features such as Autopilot on local roads.
Earlier, in 2018, Musk said, that the long-awaited version of the FSD would start rolling out in August. After that, in 2019, he also stated, that by 2020 there will be more than a million fully self-driving cars, software, everything. Finally, earlier this month, he claimed that the FSD 9 beta would be shipping soon.
“Beta 9 addresses most known issues, but there will be unknown issues, so please be prepared. Safety is always the top priority at Tesla,” Musk said on Twitter.
Quoting from The Verge, Tesla is more willing than its competitors in testing beta versions of the Autopilot driver assistance feature on its customers for the benefit of gathering data and fixing any bugs in the system. So far, there have been no complaints from Tesla consumers. This became a good reputation for Tesla.
Tesla also warned that drivers should keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel at all times. Because, Autopilot is considered a Level 2 “partially automatic” system by Society of Automotive Engineers standards which requires the driver to keep the steering wheel and stay focused on the road.
However, there are still many naughty drivers who abuse Tesla’s Autopilot feature. In fact, many do dangerous actions such as videoing Autopilot and uploading it on social media.
In some cases, drivers have been caught sleeping in the back seat of their Tesla while the vehicle is speeding down a busy highway. In fact, a Canadian man was charged with negligent driving last 2020 for sleeping while traveling at 93mph.
Since Tesla introduced Autopilot in 2015, there have been at least 11 deaths in nine US accidents involving driver assistance systems.