Tesla extends FSD access to “anyone in North America who requests it” • Zoo House News
Tesla is extending its full self-driving (FSD) beta software “to anyone in North America who requests it from the car screen,” according to CEO Elon Musk, who tweeted the news late Wednesday night. The rollout of FSD across the continent comes as Tesla may face a criminal investigation from the US Department of Justice over false claims related to the company’s Autopilot advanced driver assistance system.
Autopilot is standard on Tesla vehicles and performs automated driving functions such as steering, acceleration, and automatic braking. FSD, which costs North American drivers $15,000, is an Autopilot enhancement that includes features such as assisted steering on highways and city streets, intelligent vehicle summoning, automated parking, and recognizing and responding to traffic lights and stop signs.
Autopilot, and by extension FSD, has come under regulator scrutiny in recent years after a series of Tesla crashes, many of which were fatal. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened special investigations into 36 Tesla autopilot accidents since 2016, five of which occurred this year. Tesla has also come under fire from the California Department of Motor Vehicles and drivers who claim the company falsely advertised Autopilot and FSD self-driving capabilities.
Some Tesla owners and enthusiasts predicted The company could allow FSD in all cars after Tesla appears to have dropped the requirement for 100 Autopilot miles and a safety rating of at least 80 to get the FSD update. This is a worrying lack of control given fears that drivers using ADAS are less likely to pay attention to the road and be alert should the system fail. Tesla’s website encourages drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.
Despite concerns, any driver in North America who has already paid the high price for Tesla’s FSD will be able to access the software. Tesla previously expanded FSD access to 160,000 owners in the US and Canada in September, and today’s widespread rollout fulfills earlier promises by Musk to bring FSD to every Tesla by the end of 2022.
Musk has claimed that Tesla could be fully autonomous by the end of the year, but during the company’s third-quarter results, the company acknowledged that FSD would not receive regulatory approval to be driven without anyone behind the wheel in 2022, according to number Making more data available to the user and possibly Tesla’s supercomputer Dojo could be one of the reasons why Tesla has decided to expand now.
It could also be a move to allay investor worries and generate some extra revenue. Tesla’s shares are at a two-year low and its market cap has fallen from $1.2 trillion last November to $574 billion today after Musk bought Twitter and sparked the ensuing corporate overhaul dramas.
FSD scaling also follows news from Tesla engineers Romi Phadte and Gabe Gheorghian, who spoke at BazelCon this week and shared that Tesla has increased the number of FSD simulations per week from around 250,000 in 2020 to 2 million today .