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  • Matthew Spencer - Tech Journalist

Tesla FSD beta 10.1 & 10.2 button rollout: Responsible owners will get update priority

Tesla finally rolled out a button for full self-driving (FSD) beta testing in version 10.1. Owners with maximum (100 scores) proficiency and safety rating are prioritised to receive the updates and later be rolled out to below scores (minimum 80). Tesla's self-driving autonomous vehicles autopilot was only available for highways previously. With the 10.x betas, it's going full self-driving, meaning the city and the local street is taken under awaited complete self-driving program.

Autonomous self-driving vehicles use artificial intelligence to read data from the street via multiple cameras set at many angles. The revolutionary technology was dropped on roads for public use as if battery-powered vehicles and trucks were not enough.

Tesla drivers have a rating system that directly co-relates to their speeding, breaking, and overall driving experience. The rating system has a maximum score of 100. That score is only achieved by the most experienced and patient drivers who handle the car well. So, they were the priority to drive the beta version of FSD released on October 1. Hundreds and thousands of drivers opted-in the program, but higher-skilled drivers are getting the priority. Another update will come on October 8, the 10.2 FSD beta release. The program is not perfect because it's still testing in beta, and 10.1 or 10.2 drivers are opting in to participate in the program.

The FSD gathered a lot of attention as it is a much-required feature after self-driving rollout. Owners who have an older model may need a software update before rolling into the program, but users who bought the car a few models back may need to contact manufacturers to upgrade hardware components before meeting the FSD requirements. Drivers with high safety scores were waiting patiently to get into the program and for Tesla to give access. Advanced precision and assistance system came a long way with the help of AI. These owners are directly inputting results on the algorithm before it's rolled out for the mass market.

Even when Tesla is getting heated arguments with its safety features, at least 17 got injured, and one died while self-driving was on. Federal vehicle safety authorities are investigating safety defects, and the beta rolled out as a high-risk, high reward opportunity for Tesla.

Premium driver assistance will cost owners $10,000 one time buy-in to the software or a $199 monthly subscription in the US. FSD is marketed to automatically change lanes, move into a parking spot, navigate better on the highway, roll out from a parking spot and drive smaller distances without a human touch. Though the dashboard always says to keep hands on the wheel all-time for taking control at any moment.

FSD beta enables "autosteer on city streets" without a hassle, and we guess previous data was coming through satellite and car peripherals. It was made available for about 2000 people previously, containing mostly Tesla employees and a few customers. They fine-tuned the early beta for the public road.

CEO Elon Musk announced the FSD rollout last week, and in response, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board, Jennifer Homendy, voiced concerns. Users who participate need to permit the AI to read personal data, and many would not mind about that as safety regulations on mass testing will give out the best result in the long run.

Musk said in a tweet that the FSD is so good, drivers may think they don't need to use any control at all. But that's not the case, as when FSD is engaged, they have the option to take the wheel any time, which may seem quite confusing, and for that reason, only exceptional drivers are allowed to participate in the FSD beta program.


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