Tesla opened the Beta test to many owners recently
A video shows a Tesla struggling to drive trough Detroit
FSD seems to be better on the West Coast of the US, were there are more Tesla vehicles
A video posted on the Detroit Tesla YouTube channel shows one of the cars that is part of the Beta tests trying to drive on its own in the city of Detroit.
Tesla made the Beta testing of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) system available to many more drivers in the past few weeks and this highlights one of the problems with the way Tesla chose to implement it.
Indeed, this system works by constantly monitoring situations and reporting back to Tesla servers in order to improve itself. This is why drivers on the west coast of the United States and particularly in California have few complaints about FSD, because it has been tested there extensively.
The problem comes from the expansion of FSD to areas where it has not been many times before, thus were its neural networks (the place where all the information coming from the cars go) are less established.
This lack of experience of the system really shows in some situations, as is made clear in a video posted on the Detroit Tesla channel on YouTube.
In it, we can see the Tesla struggling to make decisions at intersections when it encounters traffic or pedestrians, swerving from one lane to the other, stopping randomly after some intersections, turning too sharply and ending up in parking lanes, taking wrong turns and refusing to go on its own at some green lights.
The driver was closely monitoring the car, as testers should do, but he also needed to provide quite a bit of inputs to keep the car in the correct lane and he quite often had to tap the accelerator to convince the car to go at green lights or when pedestrians were finished crossing in front of his Model 3.
Most worryingly, the driver had to fully take control 8 times in the first 20 minutes of the drive in order to avoid crashes or to simply continue on his way after the car got stuck behind a truck stopped halfway in the road.
Of course, the system will get better before it is released to every Tesla owner who wants it but in the mean time, it could cause some accidents if the person behind the wheel doesn’t react quickly enough.