May 25, 2022

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Thursday night that the company plans to roll out a beta version of its “fully autonomous” software this year to all North American customers who paid $12,000 for a controversial version of its driver assistance system.

The CEO made the announcement while donning a black cowboy hat to the Tesla Cyber ​​Rodeo, an event to celebrate the grand opening of his Austin plant.

Musk said live, “The Tesla Autopilot team and the AI ​​team have done a fantastic job building true AI, and this year we’re moving into a wider beta for all self-driving customers in North America.”

Full Self Driving, or FSD as it is often called, has been available as an option for many years. However, Tesla vehicles are not self-propelled. Tesla vehicles come standard with a driver-assistance system called Autopilot. For another $12,000, owners can buy an FSD — something Musk has repeatedly promised will someday offer fully autonomous driving capabilities. FSD includes parking call and autopilot navigation, an active guidance system that guides the vehicle from motorway entry to exit, including interchanges and lane changes. Now he walks the streets of the city.

Tesla has issued an FSD to some, but not all, customers who have paid for the product. The company launched a “safety assessment” tool last year to determine if owners can access a beta version of its “full autonomous driving” software. Tesla said in its Q4 shareholder letter that 60,000 Tesla owners have accessed the FSD beta software.

Since the initial release of the FSD beta software, several videos have been published showing owners either pushing the limits of the system or in many cases showing the software’s limitations, including sharp turns. roadway or turning towards pedestrians.

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Elon Musk and Franz von Holzhausen next to Tesla Cybertruck at the grand opening of the plant in Austin.

Elon Musk and Franz von Holzhausen next to Tesla Cybertruck at the grand opening of the plant in Austin.

With so many fans screaming and even crying, Musk didn’t say anything else about this FSD release, except for one sentence the director said when he could find the word. He also didn’t share much specific news, only hinting that next year will be the year of “some cool stuff we haven’t talked about yet.”

He shared some statistics about the new factory.

$1.1 billion miles factoryTesla’s sixth gigafactory and the company’s new global headquarters will produce not only the Model Y, Which is currently Tesla’s most popular vehicle, but will also include the Semi, Roadster, and highly anticipated 2023 Cybertruck. It will also produce 4,680 battery cells.

“This year it’s all about expansion, and next year there’s going to be a huge wave of new products,” Musk said.

New products such as a “dedicated robotic axis” that will look “very futuristic” and the first iteration of Tesla’s humanoid robot, Optimus, a concept unveiled last year.

“Optimus will also make economics meaningless,” Musk said. “He will be able to do just about anything people don’t want to do, Optimus will do it. There will be many eras… it will really change the world, I think even more than cars.”

Musk hasn’t said if Optimus will be made at the Gigafactory in Texas, which Musk has said. “The most advanced automobile plant the earth has ever seen.”

Musk said the Austin plant is different from Tesla’s other five factories in that everything needed to build a car is under one roof.

“We thought we should really think of it like a chip, like an integrated circuit,” Musk said. “Combine everything in one package. This is a matter of raw materials coming to the side, it is produced in a cell, produced in a package. Then we molded the front rear of the body. The packaging itself is structural. And then the finished product comes out. So, on the one hand, raw materials, on the other, cars.”

The building’s design will help Tesla move “on a really big scale,” part of Musk’s plan to grow the company to “extreme size.”

Many thought Musk would talk about Cybertruck updates at the event, with some on social media noticing that the rear window is shrinking to make it easier to haul cargo, side camera repeaters in the front fenders, and on the bed and passenger seats have been updated. but the executive didn’t mention it. The only “upgrade” Musk mentioned on stage was that the Cybertruck would not have door handles because “the car can see you’re there and just knows how to open it.”

Musk concluded his short Cyber ​​Rodeo speech by 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 the 2008 Roadster to listen to “Still DRE,” a YouTube live stream and social media crawl showcased some of the pleasures he found at the party, where guests were reportedly welcomed. Self-guided tour of the Model Y production line.

Photos of the event shared on social media show that Tesla really embraced the Texas spirit, not only without paying corporate tax, but Texas-style art and entertainment in the form of a giant metal hubcap. The show featured 10 gallons, a mechanical bull, and 87 red, white, and blue Tesla vehicles in the shape of the Texas flag.

Minutes after Musk addressed the crowd, an impressive drone show took over the sky. One minute a cyber rodeo iconography in the sky, the next a bunch of cybertruck shaped lights, a Shiba Inu for all Dogecoin positions, and an image of the director himself in a cowboy hat appearing in the sky as dark. scar.

Unfortunately, not everyone was able to come to the Cyber ​​Rodeo.

musk tweeted On Wednesday, the gates of the event will be “not too tight” and many fans will try to line up and get inside. I wish there were poor souls constantly turned away from the guard Those who say that no one comes without an invitation.

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