TESLA (Forsige) – Under its Full Self-Driving Beta program, Tesla has begun pushing a new software update and CEO Elon Musk says it could already slash driver interventions by a third.
It has been less than two weeks since Tesla began moving some users with the first iteration of its “Absolute Self-Driving” feature in beta.
Tesla has already obtained a significant amount of data from its test fleet, as we have previously mentioned, and now it is using it to develop the system.
Tesla began pushing a new 2020.40.8.12 software update yesterday to owners with the FSD beta early access and they have confirmed a better experience with the AI’s driving capability.
Elon Musk went to Twitter to say the update could minimize driver interventions by up to 33%: “We measure this primarily in intervention probability. This update addressed several issues, resulting in perhaps ~1/3 fewer interventions. Many of the improvements consist of fixing silly bugs vs grand eureka moments. True for most beta releases in my experience.”
While Tesla calls the device Complete Self-Driving, as we have previously mentioned, it still needs a driver to place their hands on their steering wheel and be ready to take control.
In order to help its neural nets develop in future updates, Tesla will benefit from these interventions.
Musk says that every 5 to 10 days, the automaker plans to push new updates, leading to the wider rollout of the Complete Self-Driving beta later this year in the US.
The CEO warns that mistakes will never hit zero, but the expectation of Tesla is that they will become small enough to be safer than humans and will thus be able to eradicate the constraint of driver oversight: “Faults will never be zero, but at some point, the probability of a fault will be far lower than that of the average human.”
Musk has previously said that Tesla could meet this goal by the end of 2020, but now it seems that this is unlikely to happen with the FSD Beta only scheduled for a wider release in December and that version is still expected to depend heavily on the attention of the driver.