FSD advances Tesla’s suite of driver assistance features
Currently in beta testing in US
Tesla is pushing hard to move to the next level of its “Full Self-Driving” hardware and software driver assistance suite. The latest version is currently available to some users in the US in what the company calls “early beta.” Next on the list to get the software will be us here in Canada, according to CEO Elon Musk, with Norway to get the upgrades at the same time.
The update comes, as Tesla updates often do, via Musk replying to someone on Twitter. The tweet said that Canada and Norway are next, “after we get US out of early beta.”
Canada and Norway are next after we get US out of early beta!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 2, 2020
We’re putting quotes around “Full Self-Driving” and “FSD”, because, well, even Tesla calls it a beta version of the software right now, and because letting the car do the driving for you isn’t exactly legal right now. The car can’t fully drive itself, and won’t be able to with this update. The latest features to be added as part of the beta software are Navigate on Autopilot, which Tesla says “Actively guides your car from a highway’s on-ramp to off-ramp, including suggesting lane changes, navigating interchanges, automatically engaging the turn signal and taking the correct exit.” It also includes “Traffic and Stop Sign Control: Identifies stop signs and traffic lights and automatically slows your car to a stop on approach, with your active supervision.”
The automaker makes it very clear that “The currently enabled features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous.” In short, while the vehicle will help, you need to be hands and eyes-on. Still if the tech continues to evolve and improve, these new features will make the task of driving easier for many owners. It’s neat to see that drivers in Canada will be near the top of the list for getting the FSD software, once testing in the US is complete. No word, though, on when exactly that will happen.