Its a well know news that Tesla is working on a FSD (Full Self-Driving) car for sometime. Elon Musk in Tesla Q3 2019 earning call, said “it still does appear that we will still be in Early Access release of Full Self Driving by the end of this year.”
For this full self-driving car, the “feature complete” version is going to release as a part of beta testing. Also, this is not for all customers and will be accessed by only a few customers. So it takes some time for use to see the cars that are being driven by themselves.
Elon Musk also explained about the term “feature complete” in the earning call. It means that without any interventions, the car will be able to drive from home to work. Nevertheless, when needed, the driver can make the interventions.
There is a lot explained about the high-speed handling abilities of Tesla Autopilot. The autonomous feature by Tesla, Smart Summon has been released last September. Tesla owners received this feature as an update of version 10 software on September 26. But this update was introduced only to the owners who purchased the full-self driving option. With this feature, users can summon their cars from a distance of maximum 200 feet through their smartphones. However, for the feature to work, the car should be in the line of sight.
Though the feature was brilliant, the owners are not much impressed as there are many near-crashes that happened earlier. As soon as the company released the feature, there were videos on testing this new feature by Tesla owners rolling out on social media. We can say that the results of it are not as impressive as people thought. One video even showed a damaged bumper and in another they showcased a near collision with a speeding SUV.
Regarding this issue, Tesla stated that “Our neural network learning approach enables us to continue to iterate and improve functionality over time”. In an interview Musk said that the Autopilot could handle the high-speed driving also. But, company not allowed the users to control with hands-off at the medium speed.
In previous statements, Musk also mentioned that this year Tesla’s car will be able to go anywhere without any interference from the owner. But with the hands-off control restriction, Tesla seems like it still has a long way to go. Tesla can easily gather the information with around 425000 Tesla cars on the roads and can improve the neural network that is necessary for self-driving cars.
Tesla announced that by mid-2020, the FSD feature would be introduced officially with improvements. This will let drivers shift their focus from the road. Tesla is also planning to invest their self-driving cars in taxi services just like Uber and Ola, where the owners of Tesla can also add their cars to such service.
The cost of this car is as great as the feature. There are two options from which the Tesla owners can choose from. They can either buy the FSD option of company for $6000 or for $800 after delivery. After few months the price would be raised.