Tesla tests “Chuck’s Turn” with new FSD program > teslamag.de

Tesla tests “Chuck’s Turn” with new FSD program > teslamag.de


Chuck Cook has been little known for a while by his Twitter handle @chazman, but he may soon become a celebrity, at least among Tesla owners. Because in mid-July, CEO Elon Musk mentioned on Twitter that the next version of FSD’s beta software might be able to recognize “Chuck’s left turn”. Shortly after, release notes for FSD 10.13 became known, which speak of “Chuck Cook-style” unprotected left turns. However, the beta program is still only being used internally — and Cook reports that Tesla is actively testing it at his favorite intersections.

Tesla’s daily testers on the ramp

As a beta test participant, he has been driving there regularly for almost two years with his own Tesla Model 3 and reports on the development of the FSD software on YouTube. After being mentioned by Musk, he released a video in which he was honored and explained what makes the place so difficult: A residential street with a stop sign meets a six-lane highway. Its directions are separated by a strip of grass, which is slightly broken at the T junction. To turn left from the residential street, you can first drive to the middle and wait there for a gap from the other side.

Such stars can even make a person nervous, and the Tesla FSD program has not yet been able to reliably cope with it. In the past, Cook has given trials from the site the relatively simple task of making a left turn from a freeway across a median into a residential street, and even doing so sometimes required him to intervene. Tesla employees also experimented there from time to time, as he explains in a video from mid-July. And since CEO Musk and the release notes mentioned his name, the activity seems to have increased significantly.

Last week, Cook’s relatives spotted a Tesla with the manufacturer’s license plates from Texas driving near the intersection of his home, he said on Twitter. A day later, the black Model Y returned, attempting a special left turn maneuver on the highway. He even wanted to say hello to the suspected autopilots, Cook reported, but they quickly left. This Monday they came again – this time he was prepared and filmed some FSD experiments using a drone (see photo).

The beta version of FSD 10.13 is delayed

Tesla’s on-site testing drew a lot of attention on Twitter. Some voices blamed Cook for the delay in the deployment of version 10.13 of FSD, which CEO Musk announced in his “Chuck” message last week, but that was probably more of a joke. One user however suggested that Tesla avoid hard left turns on highways and similar situations elsewhere for the time being; unlike Tesla, some robotaxi operators also choose this strategy. At least the proposal to turn right instead and then turn would not work, according to Cook, because Tesla would first have to get the turn with the FSD software under control.