It's actually a month overdue.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk previously described the Full Self-Driving Beta v9 update as "mind-blowing" and promised it will happen sometime in June 2021. We're now entering mid-July and there's still no FSD 9 update. That will supposedly change this coming Saturday, July 10. The outspoken CEO announced on Twitter that "Beta 9 will start uploading at midnight California time on Friday.
Bear in mind, it is still just a beta!" We still don't know the full extent of the update, but previous reports claim it'll include improvements to the driver-assist system and an updated screen displaying the "mind" of the car. There's a good chance this weekend's rollout will be limited to owners currently testing Beta 8.
Musk added that a wide rollout for the new driver-assist system will only happen if Beta 9's debut goes off without a hitch. It's also important to carefully note his word choice in the tweet, specifically "it is still just a beta." Why? Because it's not a fully finished product yet. The testing phase remains ongoing.
Those who own a Tesla Model 3 or any other model and are currently testing Beta 8 should be reminded of this. Improvements are still being made. It's vital drivers still pay attention to everything on the road. Don't rely completely on the technology yet.
Bear in mind that Tesla's definition of full self-driving is not the same as actual Level 5 autonomy, the highest-ranking possible for autonomous cars. Level 5 means no human input is necessary whatsoever. In reality, FSD will be closer to an advanced form of Autopilot, which is ranked at Level 2. Drivers are still required to keep their hands on the wheel at all times just in case they must quickly assume control of the car in an emergency the system doesn't detect for some reason.
Still, it'll be interesting to see what Beta 9 is like since Musk has been claiming it'll be much improved over Beta 8.