The semi-autonomous system still has some kinks to iron out.
Since the Beta was introduced, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding Tesla's Full Self-Driving (FSD) suite. Some consumers are criticizing the payment structure of the prototype feature while others have been experiencing some alarming faults. This video from two prominent content creators behind the wheel of a Tesla Model 3 adds to the pile of criticisms.
YouTuber Galileo Russell, also known as HyperChange, is joined by blogger Omar Qazi of Whole Mars to discuss the latest version 10.9 update of Tesla's FSD. At the 25-minute mark, Qazi talks about the benefits of the new update and how it promotes safer driving habits but soon after he expresses his thoughts, the Model 3 swerves to the right and almost collides with a cyclist before Russell intervenes.
The crisis is averted and Russell asks if he should remove that segment out of the final cut but Qazi assures him that the system remains intact and that the car would not have collided with the cyclist. He goes as far as to say that the FSD worked exactly as it was designed to do by explaining that the system detected a potential hazard and issued a warning to the driver that intervention was needed.
He adds that this procedure may come across as shocking to some users because of how new it is but insists that it is normal and should minimize over time as more updates are implemented. Russell adds that in a non-autonomous car, humans are trying to minimize impact with obstacles at all times which opens a car up to a higher risk of collision compared to a Tesla guided by FSD.
Contrary to this notion is the human-like maneuver conducted by a Model 3 that was recorded just last week. The video recorded by a private owner showed us how the FSD system decided to take a narrow gap between two cars before setting out on its journey. Impressively, the system was able to do so without the driver needing to intervene at any point.
Tesla has acknowledged that its beta program requires more refinements. In accordance with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the company announced a recall for 53,822 models due to a software glitch that was causing the cars to roll through stop signs rather than stop, thus violating the rules of the road. As referenced by Qazi in the video, Tesla confirmed that an over-the-air update with a resolution would be rolled out next month.