Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Exits Beta Phase, Supervision Required

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Tesla's Full Self-Driving Exits Beta Phase, Supervision Required

Nearly a year after Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, announced the end of the beta phase for its Full Self-Driving (FSD) software with version 12, Tesla seems to be delivering on that promise, at least in terms of branding.

The latest version of Tesla’s FSD software, which has been receiving accolades online, has shed the “Beta” label, now known as “Full Self-Driving (Supervised).” But is this rebranding significant beyond just a change of name?

By introducing the term “Supervised” to its Full Self-Driving technology, Tesla aims to more accurately represent the system’s level of autonomy. This addition emphasizes that, despite the vehicle’s ability to autonomously handle tasks such as accelerating, braking, and steering, driver oversight remains crucial. This oversight is necessary to guarantee that the vehicle doesn’t make inappropriate decisions at critical moments. This adjustment in terminology seeks to provide a clearer understanding of the car’s capabilities and the importance of the driver’s role in monitoring the system’s actions.The release notes also include the following statement:

Under your supervision, Full Self-Driving (Supervised) can drive your Tesla almost anywhere. It will make lane changes, select forks to follow your navigation route, navigate around other vehicles and objects, and make left and right turns. You and anyone you authorize must use additional caution and remain attentive. It does not make your vehicle autonomous. Do not become complacent.

Tesla’s choice to label its Level 2 semi-autonomous driving feature as “Full Self-Driving” has attracted criticism from regulators worldwide. Jennifer Homendy, the chair of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), described the branding as “misleading and irresponsible.” The California Department of Motor Vehicles also lodged a false advertisement complaint against Tesla with the state’s Office of Administrative Hearings. Moreover, Tesla has faced legal challenges concerning the name, indicating the controversy it has stirred regarding consumer expectations.

Despite the disputes over its name, Tesla might be settling on the recent rebranding as it prepares for a broader software rollout. Many Tesla owners have expressed high satisfaction with the most recent versions of the Full Self-Driving software.

Furthermore, Tesla has broadened the availability of Full Self-Driving by offering all eligible vehicle owners a one-month free trial. This move not only demonstrates the software’s advanced development but could also encourage more customers to purchase the $12,000 package.

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