Tesla is starting to release a new version (10.9) of its Full Self-Driving Beta software update with some improvements, and Elon Musk has announced an expansion of the testing program in Canada.
For more than a year now, Tesla has been slowly rolling out what it calls the “Full Self-Driving Beta” (FSD Beta), which is an early version of its self-driving software that is currently being tested by a fleet of You’re here. owners selected by the company and through its “safety test score”.
The software allows the vehicle to navigate autonomously to a destination entered into the car’s navigation system, but the driver must remain alert and ready to take control at all times.
Since the responsibility lies with the driver and not with Tesla’s system, it is still considered a level two driver assistance system despite its name. It was something of a “two steps forward, one step back” program, as some updates saw regressions in terms of driving capabilities.
In recent updates, the automaker released more details about the changes to driving behaviors in the release notes.
Here are the release notes for Tesla FSD Beta 10.9:
- Improved intersection extent and footprint assignment by updating the modeling of intersection areas from dense (“bag of points”) rasters to sparse instances. Increased intersection region IOU by 4.2%. The sparse intersection network is the first model deployed with an auto-regressive architecture that runs natively with low latency on the TRIP AI acceleration chip, thanks to innovations in the AI compiler stack.
- Upgraded the generalized static object network to use 10-bit photon count streams rather than 8-bit ISP tone-mapped images by adding support for 10-bit inference in the AI compiler stack. Improved overall recall by 3.9% and precision by 1.7%.
- Make unprotected left turns into oncoming lanes more natural by continuing straight into the intersection while yielding, before initiating the turn.
- Improved lane preference and topology estimation by 1.2% with network update and new format for navigation clues.
- Improved short-term lane changes with better modeling of the deceleration needed for maneuvers beyond the lane change.
- Improved future trajectories for objects not confined to track geometry through better modeling of their kinematics.
- Casts from standstill are quieter when there is an impending slowdown nearby.
- Improved selection of gaps when yielding to a stream of oncoming cars on narrow roads.
Based on the percentage improvements, it looks like a smaller update than previous ones, but CEO Elon Musk said a bigger update (11) will likely arrive next month.
It’s also expected to coincide with an expansion of Tesla’s fully self-driving beta program in Canada.
The CEO announced last night on Twitter:
We will begin rolling out the beta version of FSD in Canada with caution in the next 2-4 weeks.
This will be the first official expansion of the FSD beta to customers outside of the United States.
Musk didn’t talk about the “safety score” system, which is part of how Tesla decides who has access to the beta FSD.
It’s not currently available in Canada, so the automaker should probably launch it first, and people who score high and buy the Full Self-Driving package will get it first.
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