Tesla has a loyal fan base. But even the followers of Elon Musk’s gospel are beginning to grumble. They are not satisfied with the so-called Full Self-Driving Ability. That’s a semi-autonomous driving assistant that can do a little more than what’s currently promised. In the Netherlands, Tesla is asking 7500 euros for it, in the United States it is not less than 15,000 dollars. And Tesla drivers see it that way a lot.
Information center CNN talked to several Americans who have a Tesla and Full Self-Driving on the highway. About 85 percent of respondents don’t think an autonomous driver assistant is worth the money. They agree that FSD technology has improved in recent years, but they still need to be very careful because the system is unpredictable and performs unsafe actions.
Full Self-Driving Beta Slowly Rolls Out in America
Tesla boss Elon Musk has been calling for fully self-driving cars in a matter of months for nearly a decade. So far, of course, that has not happened. Tesla is slowly starting Full Self-Driving in the US. About 100,000 US Tesla drivers are now driving with the beta version of the software.
Tesla sued for unnecessary risk of automatic braking
In other words, Tesla is using its customers to test a dangerous semi-autonomous system. This is not allowed in Europe, but apparently it is in the US. Youtube is full of videos of Teslas with the Full Self-Driving Beta on. They drive into poles, steer directly into oncoming traffic, and create dangerous situations by making strange and hesitant decisions.
Tesla owners on FSD: ‘You pay for the promise’
One Tesla owner told CNN that he bought the FSD four years ago for $2,500. Some time ago, he had Tesla remove the software. “I wouldn’t pay 10,000 dollars for it,” the man says, “They have promised more than they can deliver. It’s really crazy.” Another man thinks there’s nothing important about FSD, especially not for the money you’re paying. “You’re paying for a promise.”
Driving a Full Self never passed the 2nd degree of freedom
Indeed, because Full Autonomy is not ‘full autonomy’ at all. Not now and not in the future. The US RDW, NHTSA, asked Tesla questions about the FSD’s work. In the leaked answer, the manufacturer writes that the FSD will never go beyond the 2nd degree of freedom. This means that the car can only work semi-independently in certain situations and requires constant supervision.
Yoke Tesla’s steering wheel would break after 8000 km
The name autopilot suggests more than it delivers
Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving functionality has been under fire for some time, including from Germany’s consumer watchdog NHTSA. It focuses mainly on the names Autopilot and Full Self-Driving, which suggest much more than the systems behind them can deliver, causing users to rely heavily on them.
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