It should be released this week.
This is the one many Tesla owners have been waiting for. CEO Elon Musk has promised it'll happen for quite some time and it's understandable owners' patience is running out. But patience has its virtues. According to Musk himself on Twitter, the all-electric vehicle automaker will release yet another updated version of its Full Self-Driving beta 10.1 technology this coming week with a key feature: the Beta button.
For those unaware, this button will enable owners who've already paid for FSD to give the system a try. Their frustrations for waiting this long are totally understandable as they've paid between $6,000 and $10,000 for the system. Yes, people put up that much money without immediately receiving the product.
Welcome to the world of Tesla ownership. "Beta button will request permission to assess driving behavior using Tesla insurance calculator. If driving behavior is good for 7 days, beta access will be granted," Musk tweeted in response to an owner's question. Unfortunately, it's impossible to confirm this because Tesla lacks a PR department. We'll just have to take Elon at his word.
What's interesting is that the automaker will be evaluating drivers who requested access for a whole week before giving it to them. Again, this is something they already paid for and their driving skills will be closely monitored for seven days.
FSD, officially classified as Level 2, aka a more advanced version of Autopilot which is currently under investigation by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration following a series of crashes, still requires drivers to pay attention to what's going on around them. It is not Level 5 autonomy, the highest self-driving rating possible. It does not matter whether someone owns a Tesla Model S, Model X, or any other model; they just need the necessary software first and foremost to gain access.
Musk obviously has a lot riding on this so it's vital to have a smooth rollout and, of course, safe and cautious drivers. To be continued.