Videos of Tesla’s new beta software prove it’s not fully self-driving

  • Tesla released a beta version of its “full self driving” software to some customers this month. 
  • Within days, videos on the internet showed cars easily navigating roads and intersections. 
  • However, plenty of others showed situations where a momentary lapse of attention by the driver could have spelled disaster. 
  • Despite its name, no car currently for sale is actually self-driving, the US government says, and Tesla has been criticized over its driver assistance features — and their branding — before. 
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There’s still no such thing as a self-driving car, but you wouldn’t know that from hearing Elon Musk or Tesla talk about their latest software.

Earlier this month, the company began to release a beta version of the driver-assistance program it calls “full self driving.” Despite word from Musk that the rollout would be “extremely slow & cautious, as it should,” videos of the

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Cadillac’s Super Cruise outperforms Tesla’s Autopilot, says Consumer Reports

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Super Cruise keeps drivers honest with an infrared camera that monitors eye position.


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Cadillac’s Super Cruise may not get the same amount of real estate in the general public’s minds when it comes to advanced driver assistance systems as, say, Tesla’s Autopilot, but Consumer Reports announced some new research Wednesday that might change that.

To be honest, if you ask me, that’s still probably not going to happen — Tesla has really aced the whole marketing and branding thing — but Consumer Reports did find Super Cruise to be appreciably better at its job than systems from Tesla, Volvo, Nissan and others. How much better? Try 12 points better than Autopilot on a 100-point scale.

Specifically, CR’s research focused on situations where lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control would be working together

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Why NHTSA is watching Tesla’s release of new ‘self-driving’ software

NHTSA said Thursday it was closely watching Tesla Inc’s release of a software version intended to allow its cars to drive themselves, saying it stood ready to protect the public against safety risks.

Tesla on Tuesday night released a beta, or test version, of what it calls a “Full Self Driving” software upgrade to an undisclosed number of “expert, careful” drivers. The release prompted online posts by excited recipients who shared video snippets of their car driving supposedly autonomously on city streets at night.

During a Tesla earnings call on Wednesday, CEO Elon Musk said the latest upgrade was planned to be widely released by the end of this year, with the system becoming more robust as it collected more data.

“NHTSA has been briefed on Tesla’s new feature, which represents an expansion of its existing driver assistance system. The agency will monitor the new technology closely and will not

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Tesla’s release of new ‘self-driving’ software closely watched by U.S. regulator

By Tina Bellon and David Shepardson

(Reuters) – The U.S. auto safety regulator on Thursday said it was closely watching Tesla Inc’s <TSLA.O> release of a software version intended to allow its cars to drive themselves, saying it stood ready to protect the public against safety risks.

Tesla on Tuesday night released a beta, or test version, of what it calls a “Full Self Driving” software upgrade to an undisclosed number of “expert, careful” drivers. The release prompted online posts by excited recipients who shared video snippets of their car driving supposedly autonomously on city streets at night.

During a Tesla earnings call on Wednesday, Chief Executive Elon Musk said the latest upgrade was planned to be widely released by the end of this year, with the system becoming more robust as it collected more data.

“NHTSA has been briefed on Tesla’s new feature, which represents an expansion of its

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Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ software is starting to roll out to select customers

Tesla sent out the first “Full Self-Driving” beta software update to a select group of customers this week, CEO Elon Musk tweeted Tuesday. On an earnings call Wednesday, Musk said more Tesla owners would get the update as the weeks progress, with the goal of a “wide release” by the end of the year.

Only those customers in Tesla’s Early Access Program will receive the software update, that will enable drivers to access Autopilot’s partially automated driver assist system on city streets. The early access program is used as a testing platform to help iron out software bugs.

Musk said that Tesla was approaching this software update “very cautiously” because the “world is a complex and messy place.” In a letter to investors, Tesla said its Autopilot team “has

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