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Tesla FSD Beta — Newest Enhancements & Nagging Faults

Right here is my newest replace on how Tesla Full Self Driving (FSD) beta is evolving, among the newest enhancements in addition to nagging faults.

Background (Shared in Earlier Articles)

On October 21, 2021, my spouse and I first obtained entry to FSD Beta. We now have used it day by day since aside from the 79 days once we briefly misplaced entry.

For over 300 days, my spouse and I’ve obsessively used and noticed Tesla FSD Beta in our Mannequin 3 by 7 variations of the software program: V10.5, V10.8, V10.10, V10.11.2.1, V10.12.2, V10.69, and now the most recent, V10.69.2.4.

I paid $6,000 further for Full Self Driving once I purchased my Tesla Mannequin 3 in October 2019. The price so as to add Full Self Driving to your Tesla or with new Tesla purchases is now $15,000. I perceive that my spouse and I are among the many ~160,0000 clients who now have entry to FSD Beta. For my part, the primary model of FSD Beta V10.5 was an enormous improve in performance. Within the 6 variations since, there have been vital enhancements, however there have been additionally nagging faults and backsliding.

I nonetheless must be able to intervene instantaneously, and FSD is unusable when attempting to merge onto a busy road at a cease signal, particularly with automobiles following shut behind you. Additionally, you actually have to show it off in heavy visitors and sophisticated conditions.

Extra broadly, my spouse and I’ve now pushed our Tesla Mannequin 3 for 3 years, together with coast to coast driving, and my odometer reads 81,289 miles. We nonetheless love the automotive.

Latest Observations Utilizing FSD Beta V10.69.2.4

We used FSD Beta lately for a 1,500 mile highway journey, however many of the remainder of our use lately has been for native driving within the Provo, Utah, and Saint George, Utah, metropolitan areas.

Latest Vital Enhancements

FSD Beta has had various particular faults the place no vital corrections have been remodeled a number of software program updates. It’s nice to see that among the faults have been addressed with V10.69.2.4.

Rotaries, huge enchancment: With common automated steering help, your automotive can’t make the sharp turns within the rotary and fails halfway by. Up till the most recent model of FSD Beta V10.20.2.4, our automotive would cease lifeless earlier than getting into the rotary however then negotiate the rotary correctly. With the most recent software program replace, our automotive will deal with the rotary correctly — like a yield signal — if no automobiles are approaching you. I experimented with rotaries a number of occasions. The habits was appropriate more often than not. Nevertheless, there have been a couple of occasions when our automotive simply got here to a cease in the midst of the rotary.

Massive brother watching is extra laid again: FSD Beta driver monitoring seems to be lately extra laid again. With FSD Beta (and extra lately additionally for sensible cruise and automated steering help), the digicam above the rearview mirror is taking a look at your face. The system can inform in case you are wanting on the display to your proper, wanting down at your telephone or at one thing you might be consuming, and possibly even when your eyes are shut. When you persist doing any of this stuff, you get an audible and visible warning. The most recent software program replace seems to offer you extra time, possibly 30 seconds, earlier than it offers you a warning.

Doesn’t run cease signal anymore: Till the most recent model of the software program, our automotive would run the cease signal the place 1650 North makes a T onto Snow Canyon Parkway in Saint George, Utah. Our automotive will now appropriately cease on the cease signal earlier than continuing.

Modifications lane correctly to the left when notified of a lane closure by building barrels. Beforehand, my automotive would proceed in the precise lane appearing just like the barrels weren’t there. If my automotive would truly keep away from the barrels as soon as it obtained as much as them, I don’t know, as a result of I’d rooster out at near the final instantaneous. I’ve solely noticed this in a single location, so please let me know when you’ve got additionally seen this improved habits.

A superb new characteristic of the most recent software program: The braking/acceleration show has been enhanced: When accelerating, a gray line to the precise is displayed the place the size is proportional to the magnitude of the acceleration. When slowing down, a inexperienced line is exhibited to the left the place the size of the road is proportional to the quantity of regenerative braking. The brand new characteristic is that when friction braking happens, a brand new gray line is exhibited to the left of the inexperienced line the place the size of the gray line is proportional to the depth of the friction braking.

Different Updates

5 strikes and also you’re out! You’ve a funds of 5 pressured disengagements earlier than your FSD Beta privileges are revoked. You get a pressured disengagement once you fail to place the correct amount of torque on the steering wheel lengthy sufficient, have a look at the highway typically sufficient or go above 85 mph with FSD engaged. I misplaced my FSD privileges as a result of my spouse and I had 5 pressured disengagements some months in the past, however entry was restored 79 days later a couple of months in the past. My spouse and I’ve now pushed for a pair months with out further infractions. We nonetheless have 4 extra pressured disengagements to go. I’m extra cautious about wanting on the highway extra incessantly. Additionally if I’m notified of my inattentiveness with audible and visible warnings, I instantly flip off FSD Beta and switch it again on once more to get a contemporary begin. Additionally, I flip off FSD Beta if I have to exceed 85 mph.

Braking: Zach and I would favor that when there may be sufficient time, the automotive would begin braking earlier in order that solely regenerative braking can be required. After observing this habits for a while, I see the friction brakes are used little or no for many stops even with somewhat sturdy braking. (You may view the friction braking as a gray bar on the touchscreen, whereas regenerative braking creates a inexperienced bar.)

What I like most about FSD Beta: FSD Beta received’t drive your automotive into your storage or again it out. Nevertheless, in case you again into your storage, it’s actually enjoyable to get into the automotive, put it into drive, pull the precise inventory down twice and have the automotive drive you out of the storage onto the road after which completely with out intervention to most areas that you simply put into the NAV. (Editor’s be aware: I nonetheless seldom, if ever, expertise an ideal drive on FSD Beta — even a brief distance. However experiences fluctuate with the software program. —Zach)

Most Severe Remaining Points

Improper lane choice and failure to observe navigation route. I’ve noticed quite a few occasions when FSD Beta will make a lane choice that’s inconsistent with the navigation route. Worse: typically my automotive may also deviate from the navigation route that I’ve chosen. That is fairly unnerving. You see the stable blue line indicating the route the navigation is directing your automotive to take, and abruptly it deviates from this route for no clear motive.

Stops too early at some cease indicators: Typically my automotive will cease 30 ft forward of a cease signal. My automotive will then creep ahead fairly a protracted distance till it has a transparent view of cross visitors earlier than accelerating properly. This has been an issue ever since stopping at cease lights and cease indicators was launched with FSD a few years in the past. I assumed this drawback had been addressed, nevertheless it has not. Word: with earlier variations of FSD Beta, my automotive would speed up too slowly as properly, however that has been improved.

You may provoke FSD Beta in a giant field retailer car parking zone: However you want good luck to your automotive to really discover its manner out. Many of the steering by FSD Beta could be very easy and correct. It retains the automotive within the middle of the lane on highways higher than I can do manually. Nevertheless, in a car parking zone, turning at very gradual speeds, the steering wheel will jerk like a mad man is driving because it makes the turns. Additional, typically FSD Beta will take you to a lifeless finish.

Phantom braking nonetheless not addressed: My automotive will nonetheless do regenerative phantom braking pretty incessantly. Which means that it would brake for no obvious motive. I maintain my foot evenly resting on the accelerator in order that I can block this if wanted. It’s annoying, however the braking could be very hardly ever excessive, and I solely want to dam it if somebody is following me carefully.

Learn my earlier articles for a extra full description of FSD Beta, it’s capabilities and faults.

Within the feedback part, please give me your individual observations, significantly about phantom braking and new habits with V10.69.2.4 (because it was launched solely lately), complaints, and many others.


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