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Way back in January Elon Musk promised Full Self-Driving would hit the Tesla fleet “soon.”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2020
That is, of course, Elon-time “soon”, and so it is in Q4 2020 that Tesla is about to finally bring full self-driving to their owners, at least in Beta form.
Electrek reports that Tesla will be releasing the feature to customers who are “expert and careful drivers” starting next week.
Limited FSD beta releasing on Tuesday next week, as promised. This will, at first, be limited to a small number of people who are expert & careful drivers.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 12, 2020
Tesla has said they are re-writing their autopilot software, and in August Elon Musk said:
“The FSD improvement will come as a quantum leap, because it’s a fundamental architectural rewrite, not an incremental tweak. I drive the bleeding edge alpha build in my car personally. Almost at zero interventions between home & work. Limited public release in 6 to 10 weeks.”
Despite this praise, it is likely the earliest version will be rather buggy, hence the need for beta testers who will be responsible and carefully monitor their vehicle.
The roll-out is expected to start on the 20th of October, and we will likely see plenty of video of the feature in action soon after.