While there is plenty of hype surrounding Tesla’s Full Self-Driving system, it’s currently undergoing testing across the U.S. Aside from charging $10,000 upfront; Tesla now allows a large number of EV owners to test out the system on the public roads without any warning to other motorists or pedestrians. The goal of the beta program is to collect information and accelerate the system’s development.
In a new video posted by AI Addict on YouTube reported by CarBuzz, we get to see the system attempting to navigate the busy streets of Oakland, California. While beta testers remain fairly optimistic in the system overall, this newest video raises some major concerns.
What is Tesla’s Full Self-Driving beta program?
Before we dive into this Tesla Full Self-Driving video, it is worth going over the system itself and what it claims to do. When you option a brand-new Tesla on the manufacturer’s site, you have the option of adding Full Self-Driving capabilities to your car as an optional extra. While this system will cost you $10,000 upfront, you can’t utilize all of its abilities just yet.
According to Tesla’s website, the system will reportedly allow you to navigate on Autopilot, use Auto Lane Change, Autopark, Summon, and use Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control. However, the most important feature is the Full-Self Driving computer. This is what will reportedly allow the Full Self-Driving system to work in the future.
In order to test out an upcoming Autosteer feature on city streets, the American carmaker opened up the beta program which allows owners to test early versions of this system. However, as you’ll see below, it is surprisingly sketchy.
The system appears surprisingly sketchy in this new video
Since Tesla’s Full Self-Driving system doesn’t allow your car to drive itself, you always have to be ready to take control of the steering wheel. The video shown above starts quite well with the system effectively navigating through moderate traffic. However, once it encounters additional obstacles such as stopped cars, it quickly becomes confused. Eventually, the EV loses its place on the lanes, switching back and forth quickly.
Later on, in the video, we see Tesla’s Full Self-Driving system begin to struggle with poorly painted lines on the road itself. As a result, the driver has to intervene as the system gets confused continuously. One of the scariest portions of the video comes as the EV approaches a set of parked cars. The system mistakenly reads a turning lane as one of the normal lanes and proceeds forward, coming to a stop directly behind a parked car.
Thankfully, the driver in this video remained very vigilant while utilizing the system. Given its major mistakes, a distracted driver could’ve easily created a serious accident.
When will Full Self-Driving become widely available?
According to Tesla’s site, Full Self-Driving will reportedly become available sometime later this year. However, there is no hard deadline as of writing. As a result, this sketchy beta program might be an indication that more testing is needed. Regardless, it remains somewhat concerning to know that there could be beta testers with this half-baked system around you on the public roads.