Tesla has launched Full Self-Driving Beta technology.
Here's something South Africans cant really relate to. In America, Tesla is huge. In South Africa, Tesla is that electric car company that's run by a South African-born guy called Elon Musk. We just talk about it and while full self-driving cars are something out of science fiction down here on the southern tip of the African continent, elsewhere, self-driving tech is advancing in leaps and bounds.
Tesla has launched its latest Full Self-Driving Beta technology as an over the-air-update, on a very limited scale. As this is a Beta version, Tesla has erred on the side of caution as it will take the selected owners some time to generate feedback on the technology.
Tesla had this to say to the select few testing the technology, “Full Self-Driving is in early limited access Beta and must be used with additional caution. 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. Do not become complacent.
“When Full Self-Driving is enabled your vehicle will make lane changes, select forks to follow your navigation route, navigate around other vehicles and objects, and make left and right turns. Use Full Self Driving in limited Beta only if you will pay constant attention to the road, and be prepared to act immediately, especially around blind corners, crossing intersections, and in narrow driving situations.”
The video below was posted by Tesla Owners Silicon Valley and Tesla Driver, who have access to the FSD technology and it shows how a Tesla is able to navigate on urban streets (without markings), recognise cars, trucks, people, obeying traffic lights and even take turns.
Without giving away too much away, watch the video and tell us what you think.