Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Thursday evening that the company plans to roll out its “fully self-driving” beta software this year to all customers in North America who paid a whopping $12,000 for the controversial version of its driver assistance system.
The CEO made the announcement while donning a black cowboy hat at the Tesla Cyber Rodeo, an event to celebrate the grand opening of his Austin factory.
“The Tesla Autopilot team and the AI team have done a fantastic job building real AI and we can move into broad beta this year for all fully self-driving customers in North America,” Musk said in a live-streamed speech. .
Full Self Driving, or FSD as it is often branded, has been available as an option for years. However, Tesla vehicles are not self-driving. Tesla vehicles come standard with a driver assistance system called Autopilot. For another $12,000, owners can buy FSD — a feature Musk has repeatedly promised will one day offer full autonomous driving capabilities. FSD includes the parking feature Summon and Navigate on Autopilot, an active guidance system that navigates a car from an on-ramp to a freeway exit, including interchanges and lane changes. It is now operational on the city streets.
Tesla has released FSD to some, but not all, customers who have paid for the product. The company launched a “security scoring” tool last year to determine whether owners can access the beta version of its “Full Self-Driving” software. Tesla said in its fourth quarter shareholder letter that 60,000 Tesla owners had gained access to the FSD beta software.
Numerous videos have been posted since the FSD beta software was first released showing owners either pushing the limits of the system’s capabilities or in many cases highlighting the software’s limitations, including making sudden turns, trying the wrong side driving on roads or turning towards pedestrians.
Other Cyber Rodeo Facts
Except for one sentence uttered by the director when he could get a word, with so many adoring fans screaming their heads and even crying, Musk said nothing more about this FSD rollout. He also didn’t share many tangible updates at all, only suggesting that next year would be the year for “some cool stuff we haven’t even talked about yet.”
He did share some statistics about the new factory.
The $1.1 billion mile-long factory, Tesla’s sixth gigafactory and the company’s new global headquarters, will produce not only Model Ys, currently Tesla’s most popular vehicle, but also the Semi, the Roadster and the highly anticipated 2023. Cyber truck. It will also produce 4680 battery cells.
“This year is all about scaling up, and next year there will be a huge wave of new products,” Musk said.
New products such as a “dedicated robotic axi” that will look “pretty futuristic” and the first version of the Tesla humanoid robot, Optimus, whose concept was unveiled last year.
“Optimus will take away what an economy even means,” Musk said. “It will be able to do basically anything that people don’t want to do, Optimus will do it. It’s going to be an era of plenty… it’s really going to change the world, I think, to an extent even greater than the cars.”
Musk has not said whether Optimus will be produced at the Gigafactory in Texas, which Musk called “the most advanced car factory the Earth has ever seen.”
The Austin plant differs from Tesla’s other five plants in that everything needed to manufacture a vehicle is under one roof, Musk said.
“What we thought made sense is to really think of it as a chip, as an integrated circuit,” Musk said. “Combine everything in one package. This is a case of raw materials coming on one side, they are formed into a cell, they are formed into a package. Then we molded the front rear body. The package itself is structural. And then a finished product comes out. So it’s raw materials on the one hand, cars on the other.”
This building design will help Tesla move to “really massive scale,” part of Musk’s plan to grow the company to “extreme size.”
Many thought Musk would reveal updates to the Cybertruck at the event, and some on social media reported seeing the rear window shrunk to help carry cargo, updated side repeater cameras in the front fenders and a center guard to separate the bed and passenger seats, but the executive branch did not mention it. The only “update” Musk mentioned onstage was that the Cybertruck would have no door handles, because “the car can see you’re there and just knows to open.”
Musk concluded his short speech at the Cyber Rodeo, saying, “Here at Tesla, we believe in throwing great parties, so let’s get this party started.”
‘Literally the biggest party on earth’
Before Musk took to the stage in a 2008 Roadster to the accompanying beats of “Still DRE,” the YouTube livestream and a social media scan demonstrated some of the delights found at the party, where guests were reportedly welcomed. with a self-guided tour of the Model Y production line.
Photos from the event shared on social media show that Tesla has truly embraced the Texan spirit in a way beyond not paying a corporate tax rate — Texas-style art and entertainment in the form of a giant metal hat. of 10 gallons, a mechanical bull, and 87 red, white, and blue Teslas in the shape of the Texas flag were on display.
In the minutes before Musk addressed the crowd, a rather impressive drone show took over the skies, with one moment the Cyber Rodeo iconography in the sky, the next a Cybertruck-shaped array of lights, a Shiba Inu for all Dogecoin die and a picture of the director himself in a cowboy hat, looming in the sky as the Dark Mark.
Unfortunately, not everyone who wanted to be at the Cyber Rodeo was able to attend.
Musk tweeted on Wednesday that the door to the event will be “not super strict”, leaving many a fanboy trying to line up and get in. Alas the poor souls have been consistently turned away from security who say no one comes in without an invitation.
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