Elon Musk Admits Something No One Expected

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Time to fix some mistakes.

If you're the owner of a Tesla Model S, Model X, Model 3 or Model Y, then you can purchase Full Self Driving Beta 9.2 (FSD) right now. But not everyone is happy with the latest update, including Tesla CEO Elon Musk. How do we know this? Because he acknowledged it on Twitter (where else?).

"FSD Beta 9.2 is actually not great IMO, but Autopilot/AI team is rallying to improve as fast as possible. We're trying to have a single stack for both highway & city streets, but it requires massive NN retraining." Only a few hours after this tweet, Musk wrote that he had just driven "FSD Beta 9.3 from Pasadena to LAX" and it was "much improved."

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https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1429903213726093315

So there are two main takeaways from this. The first is that FSD needs work and that's clearly underway. There's no word just yet when FSD Beta 9.3 will be released. And second, Musk is taking the investigation recently announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) into the Autopilot driver-assist system seriously. Federal safety regulators are trying to figure out why there have been several accidents involving Teslas crashing into parked police cars and fire trucks when Autopilot is engaged. The Autopilot criticism hasn't stopped there.

A couple of US Senators recently sent a request to the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Tesla over claims it misled buyers by marketing this automated driving system as being fully self-driving. The reality is that Autopilot never was and its name, we gotta admit, can easily be misinterpreted.

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Autopilot is rated at Level 2 on the self-driving scale. Level 5 is full-on self-driving without any human intervention necessary. Level 2, meanwhile, requires drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel and be mindful of the road when the system is engaged.

The jury is still out about Autopilot's future and we wouldn't rule out a possible name change. What's certain is that Tesla's pace towards Level 5 FSD continues and Musk is determined to get it done before anyone else.

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