Free Tesla Self-Driving subscription trial in the cards as Elon Musk says FSD v12 update is 'end to end AI'
In a barrage of news regarding the next Full Self-Driving Beta feature updates, Elon Musk hinted at a free FSD subscription option. The free month of FSD trial will be given to American and Canadian drivers at first, or where the service is actually available right now, and then the feature would gradually be rolled out to other regions.
"Once FSD is super smooth (not just safe), we will roll out a free month trial for all cars in North America, then extend to rest of world after we ensure it works well on local roads and regulators approve it in that country," teased Musk.
To hit this next level of "smooth" autonomous driving, however, Tesla owners may have to wait for the FSD v12 update, which Elon Musk claims will be "end-to-end AI, from images in to steering, brakes & acceleration out."
Given how long they had to wait on the current FSD v11 update, however, and its single-stack architecture, their patience might be tested further with a fully AI-driven FSD v12. Until that time, however, Tesla is releasing the next huge FSD v11.4 update, said Elon Musk.
Shipping to employees first, as usual, the FSD v11.4 update feature list is so big that Elon Musk teased the fresh update could practically be called FSD v12.0, "as there are so many major improvements." The FSD v11.4.1 release brings much improved reaction to vulnerable entities on the road like pedestrian recognition, as well as vehicle speed management that adjusts to changing weather conditions.
"We test as much as possible in simulation and with [quality assurance] drivers, but reality is vastly more complex," he added, which may be the other reason that Tesla is considering a free FSD subscription trial for anyone who wants it. This would allow it to significantly expand its already unsurpassed database of millions of miles driven on Autopilot and with the FSD driver-assist software turned on.
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