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Tesla Full Self-Driving (FSD) 10.0.1 Sees Small Improvements But Bad Drivers Will Get ‘Booted’ Says Musk

Tesla rear, side and forward-facing cameras.

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Tesla Full Self-Driving V10.0.1 sees minor improvements but can be unpredictable. And be warned: bad beta drivers will get the boot.

For starters, CEO Elon Musk tweeted this past week that 10.1 is coming a week from Friday “with a beta request button.”

Musk also warned that unsafe drivers are history.

That’s clearly because FSD beta drivers can face more than a few touch-and-go situations, leaving no room for careless driving.

FSD beta drivers are duly warned that “it may do the wrong thing at the worst time, so you must always keep your hands on the wheel and pay extra attention to the road.”

Watching the 10.0.1 videos below, that’s good advice.

The beta driver in the first video (below) took 10.0.1 for a test drive on September 17 and saw “small improvements.” There were more than a few hiccups too.

It’s worth noting that the routes the beta driver takes are pretty challenging as the “About” page says: “Newport is a colonial New England town with many narrow streets and challenging intersections that are atypical. I try to find the difficult situations to really challenge FSD Beta.”

Some of the highlights:

  • Has trouble with one-way street. (0:54)
  • “Game of chicken” worked with 3 cars at stop sign…“that was perfect.” (1:20)
  • “Dotted line issue seems to have been fixed…has not crossed dotted line.” (2:26)
  • Not aggressive enough: car is “flashing its headlights to let me in…that’s a pretty tough situation I think for beta right now. A human driver would certainly be more aggressive.” (6:26)
  • Rolls over the curb: “Yesterday I disengaged there because I felt like it was too close to that curb.” But this time after letting FSD beta take over, it rolled over the curb. (7:36)
  • Lets two pedestrians cross: “car is waiting a little too long for this guy but was very polite to both those guys walking out in the middle of the road.” (12:48)
  • Dicey: heads towards stopped car (14:10)

Another beta driver shared some insights from a September 17 drive:

  • After some “creeping,” successfully negotiates intersection: At first not far enough out to see to the left. Then it begins creeping. “It’s being careful…just kind of nudging itself out…Nice. Thumbs up. That was good.” (3:50)
  • Handles glare well: “This is a great example of 100 percent in the sun and how these cameras are able to filter light out in order to see adequately. (08:25)
  • Runs a red light. (10:18)
  • Success with a pedestrian. (16:17)
  • Doesn’t see car in a “non-90-degree angle.” (18:44)
  • Blurry, quivering lines (navigation screen) doesn’t stop where it is supposed to. (20:04)

(See 10.0.1 release notes which cover visualization and cabin camera improvements.)


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