TESLA’S Full Self-Driving Beta temporarily bans users when the car recognizes that a motorist is driving distracted more than five times.
After a two-month barring, a Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta tester had his removal lifted but felt the automated feature was hardly improved during his long wait.
Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Beta now costs $15,000 — up $10,000 from its original price[/caption]
Tesla says FSD: “Identifies stop signs and traffic lights and automatically slows your car to a stop on approach, with your active supervision.”
FSD also provides automatic steering on city streets and highways.
Each time an FSD Beta software update is released, more motorists are given access to the system.
From April 2019 to September 2022, 160,000 drivers fulfilled FSD’s safety requirements, CleanTechnica reports.
FSD Beta tester Arthur Hasler was one of these approved users until he collected five strikes from Tesla while engaged in the autonomous (self-driving) program.
Arthur said: “We [Arthur and his wife] were told that we would get [FSD] access restored with a future software update.
“Tesla never described specifically what a failure [strike] was, and sometimes we would seem to get two or three strikes at the same time.”
After waiting two months and witnessing three new FSD software updates, Arthur was re-granted access to the automated driving system with no strikes.
But the eager motorist was disappointed when he discovered specific improvements hadn’t been applied to the feature’s newest software.
One of the most glaring mistakes that Arthur’s Tesla repeatedly made was wrong turns.
Arthur said his Tesla equipped with the newest FSD update would mistakenly enter a turn lane or bike lane.
A similar incident was documented in Austin, Texas, when a General Motors autonomous vehicle veered wide during a turn and moved into a bike lane.
Arthur also feels Tesla’s FSD strike system is too strict.
FSD can detect when drivers are distracted with a steering wheel torque test and an interior camera providing facial analysis.
Motorists are required to keep their hands on their Tesla’s wheel while engaged in Full Self-Driving[/caption]
If motorists torque their steering wheel too much, too little, or not frequently enough, they’ll receive a strike.
FSD requires operators to keep their hands on the wheel to take over during an emergency.
When a Tesla’s interior camera recognizes facial patterns matching distracted driving, a motorist will similarly receive a strike.
Arthur feels that all Tesla FSD users with an interior camera shouldn’t have to participate in the torque test on top of facial analysis.
Tesla models manufactured during the last four years feature this camera.
An interior camera and torque test can tell whether or not a motorist is paying attention while engaged in Full Self-Driving[/caption]
While Arthur had some gripes about Tesla’s newest version of FSD, he also had some compliments.
Arthur said FSD is exceptional at keeping you centered within your lane and often nails sharp turns.