August 19, 2021Tesla Releases Full Self Driving Beta V9
It’s been a long time coming, but last month finally saw Tesla release the brand’s long-awaited ‘Full Self Driving’ beta V9.
Elon Musk first announced that this software was coming in 2018, so when it finally landed in July it received plenty of attention from the automotive industry.
Since the update, thousands of Tesla owners (FSD options only) will now have access to the company’s groundbreaking Autopilot advanced driver-assist features. As well as giving driver’s access to these features, the update will utilise Tesla Vision, a system that relies on imagery rather than radar data to give the car visual information.
For the time being, this development has only been given to early-access customers but could be implemented across the board in the future.
In this article we’ll take a look at the new software, and what it could mean for the future of autonomous vehicles.
Tesla Autopilot – What Does It Mean?
There are six levels of autonomous driving, from level zero where the human does all the driving, to level five where the vehicle takes care of all driving tasks.
Tesla’s Autopilot is regarded as level two on the autonomous driving scale, which means it is partially automated. It can handle steering, braking and accelerating in certain conditions and drivers must keep their hands on the wheel and full concentration on the road ahead at all times. The new V9 beta will allow drivers to make use of the Autopilot’s new advanced driver-assist features on local roads that are not considered highways.
It’s unlikely that this beta will be the last, with Musk and Tesla seemingly keen to test new developments on its real-world customers in order to obtain data and identify any pitfalls early on. This constant testing and dedication to the future of the automotive industry, is just one of the reasons why Tesla has established itself as leaders when it comes to autonomous vehicles.
The Full Self-Driving Computer Installations
While no Tesla cars are solely autonomous, this is clearly the manufacturer’s aim for the future. And the release of the ‘Full Self Driving’ Beta V9 could be one step closer to making that a reality.
If you own a Tesla and haven’t got Full Self Driving (FSD) installed, it is a simple process to do so. First, you need to check your eligibility. As long as your car has Tesla Autopilot 2.0 or 2.5 incorporated, you’ll be able to make use of the FSD technology.
Next, you’ll need to schedule an appointment to have FSD installed which you can do so via the Tesla app. If your car already has FSD capability then it won’t cost you a thing and it should take around an hour to download the updates.
The Tesla team will also backup all your old data, preferences and settings to your new FSD computer, so you don’t need to worry about losing any information when your vehicle is reset.
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