Tesla invites drivers to participate in FSD Beta 10.2, excluding NDA restrictions

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On January 5, 2021, people watch a Tesla Model Y car in the Tesla showroom in Beijing.

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According to an email sent by Tesla to eligible car owners on Monday, Tesla released a new version of its experimental driving assistance software, calling it Beta 10.2 for fully autonomous driving.

FSD Beta provides early access to new features that Tesla is still developing, such as “Auto Steering on City Streets,” which allows drivers to navigate complex urban environments without having to move the steering wheel with their hands.

Prototype technologies, such as Tesla’s standard driver assistance system, autopilot, and fully automated driving advanced driver assistance package, did not actually enable Tesla vehicles to achieve autonomous driving.

In an email to customers, inviting them to download the latest Beta version, Tesla warned: “Fully autonomous driving is in the limited early access Beta version and must be used with extreme care. It may do wrong things, and in At the worst, you must always keep your hands on the steering wheel and pay special attention to the road conditions.”

In 2019, after telling shareholders that autonomy would increase the company’s market value to US$500 billion, Tesla raised US$2.7 billion through the sale of stocks and convertible bonds. The company also claims that as autonomous driving features increase through software updates, the value of Tesla cars will increase, making it worth up to $250,000 in three years.

At the end of last year, Tesla’s market value exceeded US$500 billion, but the company has not yet delivered its driverless cars.

At the same time, its current driver assistance system has been censored by car critics, investigated by federal and state authorities, and condemned by German law.

Both the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are investigating Tesla to determine whether the company’s driver assistance features have caused or caused crashes, including some fatalities. Other accidents involved Tesla vehicles, which crashed into an emergency vehicle parked on the side of the road with the Autopilot function enabled.

The NTSB specifically pointed out that Tesla’s FSD Beta program takes advantage of the lack of federal regulations and conducts tests on public roads that may pose a risk to drivers, other drivers, passengers, or pedestrians.

The latest version of FSD Beta is a few days later than Tesla CEO Elon Musk originally planned. On October 9, Musk wrote on Twitter: “Last minute concerns about this version. It may be released on Sunday or Monday. Sorry for the delay.” He did not specify Tesla’s concerns about this technology. nature.

Who got it?

To be eligible for the FSD Beta program, drivers must own a Tesla car equipped with updated hardware, and must purchase or subscribe to a premium FSD package, which costs US$10,000 upfront in the United States, or US$199 per month. The company revealed earlier this year that it has approximately 2,000 FSD Beta users.

To determine who should get the latest 10.2 FSD Beta, Tesla uses an insurance calculator that provides a “safety score” for the driver. Those who get 100 points out of 100 points for driving at least 100 miles in a week will receive an invitation to download and start testing the new FSD Beta.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrives in court during the SolarCity trial in Wilmington, Delaware, USA on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

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At Tesla’s 2021 annual shareholder meeting last week, an attendee asked Musk his safety score.

He said he didn’t know, and added:

“By the way, our safety score calculation is obviously imperfect. That’s why we try to emphasize that it is a beta version, if not the alpha version in the safety score calculation. So, it will change a lot-yes, Look forward to it “over time, its accuracy will greatly improve. It’s really just-this is a very early algorithm. “

This week’s FSD Beta update was also pushed to some of the company’s existing FSD Beta users, who had been granted access before the company launched a security score.

In the past, when Tesla invited car owners to participate in its FSD Beta Early Access Program, the company included a stern warning to ensure that their experience with the system was kept secret.

In an FSD Beta access agreement sent to drivers by Tesla earlier this year, the company asked them to “keep confidential about your experience in the program” rather than “share any information about the program with the public.” This includes taking screenshots, creating blog posts, or posting to social media sites.

According to a copy of the full agreement obtained by CNBC, Tesla lists Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, TikTok, Snapchat, and YouTube as sites whose owners should not share information about the use of FSD Beta.

Vice has previously reported confidentiality requirements.

In the same agreement, Tesla also stipulates that participating car owners should not use their cars for Uber, Lyft, Turo, Scoop and other ride or car sharing services when registering. Tesla warns users that downloading FSD Beta means that they may not be able to revert to the previous version of the FSD software.

This week, Tesla seems to have skipped lengthy legal agreements. Here is what Tesla told some drivers when they invited them to participate in the latest beta:

To: Undisclosed recipient

Subject: Tesla | Fully Autonomous Driving (Beta V10.2)

Date: October 11, 2021

Hello,

We will push FSD Beta version 10.2 (2021.32.25) Arriving in your vehicle soon!

Full Self-Driving is in a limited early access Beta version and must be used with extreme care. It may do the wrong thing in the worst case, so you must always keep your hands on the steering wheel and pay extra attention to the road.

Don’t be complacent. After enabling the Beta version of fully automated driving, your vehicle will change lanes outside the highway, select forks to follow your navigation route, navigate around other vehicles and objects, and turn left and right. Use the fully automated driving test version only if you always pay attention to the road and are ready to take immediate action, especially in blind corners, intersections and narrow driving situations.

When using Autopilot, every driver has the responsibility to stay alert and active, and must be ready to take action at all times.

As part of receiving FSD Beta, your vehicle has automatically selected to share VIN-related telemetry data with Tesla, including Autopilot usage data, images and/or video.If you wish to be removed from the limited early access FSD Beta, please send an email [redacted]

Your vehicle is using Tesla Vision! Please note that Tesla Vision also includes some temporary restrictions, as described below:

The following distance is limited to 2-7.

The autopilot has a top speed of 80 mph.

How to provide feedback:

Press the video record button on the top bar UI to send the autopilot snapshot video clip.

The clips are automatically sent to the engineering team. You will not be able to view the clip.

You can send your feedback via email to [redacted]

In your email, please include the date, time, location, and whether you took a snapshot of the autopilot. This helps us investigate issues and better understand your feedback.

thanks,

Tesla team

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