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Tesla launched FSD Beta V9, first impressions:

Tesla launched the long-awaited FSD (Full Self Driving) Beta V9 this Saturday.

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What improved? From what I've seen on Twitter's Tesla-verse, most Beta-testers have reported the new version is indeed better:

  • It's significantly smoother and more confident in its actions, meaning fewer disengagements (tweet by Earl). Here's another video from him with the FSD nicely handling a long construction section:
  • The driving visualization, called the mind of the car, has improved too, showing a lot clearer image of what it registers about the car's surroundings like seen here:
  • The visualizations now render the street signs, cars and their tail lights,  and even dog(e)s. Musk says it will soon capture turn signals, hazards, ambulance/police lights & even hand gestures (tweet).
  • Here's the new version handling a roundabout (video) and handling fog like a champ by WholeMarsBlog (tweet).

Musk says "Please be paranoid":

The release notes reaffirm that:

Full Self-Driving is in early limited access Beta and must be used with additional caution. It may do the wrong thing at the worst time, so you must always keep your hands on the wheel and pay extra attention to the road. Do not become complacent.

How many iterations until it's released to the public and be fully autonomous?

Probably takes about two weeks. Hint: Elon's tweet.

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