You could soon drive your Tesla ‘Autopilot’ style!
Is this what you’ve been waiting for? Apparently, it might be. On Friday, Sept. 17, Tesla CEO Elon Musk finally gave an update on the company’s upcoming ‘Full Self Driving’ (FSD) Beta 10. This time, the update will be called beta 10.1.
Compared before, the new update will reportedly allow drivers to finally experienced the Autopilot feature. Though, there’s a catch to it.
Tesla Autopilot feature, finally happening?
If you have a Tesla model car and can’t wait to try its most-awaited FSD feature, you’re not the only one. Apparently, one of the main reasons drivers in buying the Tesla model is due to its autopilot mode feature.
However, for the past years, the said feature seemed to be out of touch. Surprisingly, before the weekend comes, Musk finally announced the potentially massive introduction of FSD for most Tesla drivers.
In his tweet, the billionaire shared the “good news” about the feature and announced that rollouts for the next update are coming next week.
As promised by Musk himself, the “beta request button” will also be included in the said update.
What is a ‘beta request button’?
As explained via Roadshow CNet, the ‘beta request button,’ derived from its words, is the request access for the FSD beta mode. That means, not all Tesla drivers would get a chance to drive their vehicle, Autopilot style.
In the follow-up tweet of Musk, he was asked about the number of drivers that will get the beta access.
He then answered back and said that the “Beta button will request permission to assess driving behavior using the Tesla insurance calculator. If driving behavior is good for 7 days, beta access will be granted.”
There is no yet further explanation on the said “driving behavior” test for each Tesla driver. However, Musk’s statement could mean that Tesla will be tracking your Tesla insurance— probably if you have lower car damages reported so far— you might have a bigger chance of getting that button.
Another question that Musk answered on the Twitter thread is when will Starlink come out of beta. The billionaire replied and said: “Next month.”
Although, based on recent reports, Musk’s statement might not be as accurate as it looks on social media.
Tesla FSD accidents
If you have been reading articles about Tesla’s FSD, you are aware of the accidents reported against it.
Tech Visibility already created a series of reports on the said accidents in line with the brand. On Aug. 15, Tesla FSD Beta 9 reportedly faced “serious road accidents.”
Meanwhile, another report from Tech Visibility weeks after that, another Tesla car was wrecked on the spot after bumping towards an SUV and a police car. According to the Tesla driver, she was using the Autopilot feature at the time when it happened.
Senators Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) already expressed their plan to sue Tesla for the said feature. As of now, we still don’t have an update on that.