Sudden car door opening is no match for Tesla's Full Self-Driving Beta mode reactions now
While Tesla drivers with good safety score are waiting for the unprotected left turn solution coming with FSD 10.13, the latest Full Self-Driving Beta 10.12 mode update by Tesla has improved the Level 2 autonomous driving software in other important ways, it seems. Namely, FSD Beta can now fairly confidently recognize a sudden opening of a vehicle door, swerve and avoid the collision that many a human driver dread while cruising in the city.
There are now numerous recorded examples of Full Self-Driving Beta testers that say Teslas have gotten much better at detecting people opening car doors without waiting for the traffic to pass or looking around first. As you can see in the videos below, the FSD Beta software visualization that Tesla offers in its cars depicts how the software immediately picks up the surprise opening of a car door on its way, and makes it swerve gently to keep a safe distance from the opened door frame.
Elon Musk is on record saying that its Full Self-Driving Beta kit doesn't need LiDAR in addition to its camera set for object detection, contrary to the opinion of the former CEO of Volkswagen. Tesla now only relies on cameras for its autonomous driving needs - the so-called Tesla Vision solution - and the FSD software keeps reading their input with increasing rates of success in each passing edition indeed.
Tesla's CEO is of the opinion that mastering the self-driving game is key for the electric car company's future and, consequently, its FSD Beta software fleet has covered 35 million miles to date, he mentioned at the last quarterly results press conference. That's way more than any of its rivals and the fruits of all that labor are now evident in such subtle but important details like the sudden car door opening reaction times that you can see demonstrated below.