Tesla Promises Plenty Of Improvements To Self-Driving Tech

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The semi-autonomous driving feature is getting a little more polished with each update.

Tesla's Full Self-Driving (FSD) semi-autonomous driving technology may be cursed with a misleading name, but it's actually one of the best systems of its kind. Nevertheless, it often comes under fire for erratic and unpredictable actions. Sometimes, these actions can result in a crash, and although there have been government-issued recalls to try to bring an end to these unwanted actions, some of the latest changes to the software have added risk rather than reduced it.

But as much as many may try to downplay the achievements of Tesla, there's no doubt that each change it makes to its semi-autonomous driving technology brings it closer to perfection. A new set of updates is now being tested by Tesla employees, and the release notes make for interesting reading.

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Tesla's release notes for the new update, v10.11, say that the new software is able to more accurately predict where other vehicles are turning or merging into lanes. With this, the software is able to reduce unnecessary slowing as it can better tell when the actions of other road users will have no effect on the traffic in the lane of the Tesla that you're driving. The update also helps the vehicles better understand how right-of-way works, which should be especially valuable in scenarios where the road doesn't match what the navigation system expects to find up ahead. With so much bad media coming from previous beta updates, it's no surprise that Tesla is only rolling the updates out to employees in this preliminary testing phase, but as tweeted below, company CEO Elon Musk looks very confident about an imminent public release.

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Besides better improving the way your Tesla Model S or other FSD-equipped vehicle will read traffic and roads, the update also notes improvements for vulnerable road users (VRU). These include the improved VRU detection of up to 44.9%, which should dramatically reduce "spurious false-positive pedestrians and bicycles (especially around tar seams, skid marks, and raindrops)," which should again improve the smoothness of your journey and the overall driving experience, particularly when you're off the main freeways. Tesla says this was achieved by increasing the size of its next-generation labelers.

In summary, Tesla is making its FSD system smoother and easier to live with, and although there will almost certainly be some minor kinks when the update is released to the public, likely as software version number 2022.4.5.15, there's no doubt that this semi-autonomous tech is getting better and better.

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