Tesla is one of the few companies that offers the self-driving mode but most of which are assisted as the driver’s attention is needed to function appropriately as well as for safety reasons.
But the long-awaited upgrade to this or the Full Self-Driving mode has reportedly reached the company’s first set of customers as a beta release this week. Owners have also had no issues with the capability just yet which seems to be interesting.
In the video which the user @Brandonee916 posted on Twitter, he shared a clip of Full-Self Driving mode while motoring local roads and because this is still a beta-version, it requires that the driver put their hands on the sterrign wheel even though the car handles everything else for them.
The tablet-style screen shows the roads and intersections marked and provides insight into what the car sees while it’s driving. To the right, the screen splits to show the traditional navigation map.
The user further added that he ran the Full Self-Driving feature on narrow, unmarked city streets at night and had no issues which is something pretty interesting.
Meanwhile Tesla CEO Elon Musk has informed that the Full Self-Driving mode will be quite pricier than others. While the price tag has moved up or down in recent past, the future pricing is said to be about US$8,000 in order to equip a new Tesla with the capacity.
Musk stated that the price will rise by around US$2,000 this coming Monday which despite being a great add-on for the already mesmerizing Tesla line of electric vehicles.
The Tesla CEO further added during the company’s Wednesday third-quarter earning that the number of owners with access to the beta mode will increase over the weekend and every owner who paid for the upgrade may receive access by the end of the year.
More cars using the beta benefits Tesla greatly since the technology relies on vehicle data to run simulations that, in turn, make the system smarter. Safety concerns remain with this type of strategy, especially in the face of past Autopilot crashes. As more drivers start using Full-Self Driving mode’s beta, they may be the first to uncover potential flaws. Tesla itself underscores this in its disclaimer while using Full Self-Driving mode: “It may do the wrong thing at the worst time.”