One of the most significant technological changes to Tesla’s new self-driving beta is the fact that it relies completely on Tesla Vision, the company’s own computer vision. Previously systems had been supplemented by radar — a tried and effective method of avoiding nearby objects. The shift has been somewhat controversial, raising questions on whether transitioning solely to computer vision is actually the safest approach.
The jury is obviously still out on whether the transition to Tesla Vision will have any noticeable impact on self-driving safety and after a fatal crash involving Tesla’s Autopilot software, the company won’t have much leeway in that department.
For now, Beta v9 will only be available to those in Tesla’s early access program, which as noted by Electrek, is a pool of about 2,000 people that consists mostly of current Tesla employees. When the software is rolled out more broadly will depend on how early testing goes, and so far, it’s fairly smooth.
Teslas Full Self-Driving Beta v9 is without a doubt its most advanced yet software update yet, offering new capabilities like off-highway lane assist and even the ability to tackle roundabouts, but there’s still clearly a long way to go before “Full Self-Driving” lives up to its name.