Tesla’s Full Self Driving Beta V11.4.4: When It’s Good, It’s Very, Very, Good; When It’s Dangerous, It’s Horrid

Under, I’ll have a look at what Tesla Full Self Driving (FSD) is at the moment superb at, what it’s dangerous at, what it’s very dangerous at, the place I’ve to intervene although I don’t need to, and the way forward for FSD. I’ve a number of updates all through the piece, however let’s begin with just a few “information” gadgets.

Information Flashes:

  • Tesla simply decreased the worth of FSD from $15,000 to $12,000 — or you’ll be able to lease it for $199/month. Is it value it? At $199, you would lease it for five years earlier than you attain $12,000, and you may cancel any time. After I bought it in 2019, it was $6000. Regardless that it doesn’t work in each state of affairs, it really works sufficient of the time that it’s value it to me. For $12,000, I don’t know — you would strive it for just a few months to see if it’s value it to you.
  • I simply misplaced entry to FSD. I used to be on a 150-mile journey to Bayfield, Wisconsin, and my brother who owns a Tesla Mannequin S was taking part in with the GUI on my laptop display the entire time. I broke my rule: Should you can’t think about the street 100% of the time, it’s important to flip it off. I didn’t! When you’ve got 5 compelled disengagements, you lose entry for five days. I managed to go 3 months earlier than I obtained my 5th. It’s been gone only some days and I miss it already! I can not enter an deal with and have it drive me to my vacation spot. It can not steer mechanically on my 1.3-mile-long road and on different roads with no painted strains. It can not steer the flip marked 15 mph on my drive into Three Lakes, Wisconsin. I will likely be very glad to get it again in 3 extra days.
  • You’ll be able to switch FSD out of your present automotive to your new Tesla till the tip of this month (September). One of many greatest complaints about paying massive cash (as much as $15,000) for FSD was that you just couldn’t switch it to a brand new automobile. Properly, right here’s your likelihood. Should you order a brand new Tesla earlier than the tip of September, you’ll be able to switch your FSD subscription to the brand new automobile.

Determine 1: New wider blue pathway line indicating FSD Beta (V11). April 17, 2023. Photograph by Fritz Hasler.

I’ve been driving with Tesla’s FSD Beta V11.4.4 right here in Northern Wisconsin 99% of time for the final 7 weeks. The one time I don’t use it’s when I’ve to intervene for just a few moments. A biggie: FSD Beta V11.4.4 may be very highly effective and it really works completely in lots of conditions.

When FSD Beta V11.4.4 is Very, Very, Good

1. FSD Beta V11.4.4 steers completely not solely on superhighways and roads with painted strains, but additionally on metropolis streets and nation roads with no painted strains. It not solely retains you in your lane flawlessly on straight roads and thru average turns, but additionally slows down mechanically and makes sharp turns which can be marked 15 mph. I do numerous driving on nation roads right here. To get FSD to work at full capability, it’s good to enter an deal with into the navigation system. I choose one thing from Favorites or Recents or I enter a enterprise and even the numbers and letters of the deal with verbally. It’s a pleasure to then depart the driving to FSD Beta V11.4.4, typically with no interventions or simply including somewhat throttle just a few instances when it’s too sluggish or I’m afraid to let it discover the hole in busy cross site visitors.

Tesla’s normal Autosteer and Lane Help could make fairly sharp turns — higher than the driver-assist options on my 2018 Nissan Leaf. Moreover, they work not solely when you’re all by your self on slim roads, however the automotive additionally strikes over simply the correct amount if you encounter oncoming site visitors. Moreover, it strikes to the left simply the correct amount to go round pedestrians, bicycles, parked automobiles, and trailers protruding into your lane. It additionally responds correctly to building barrels which can be shifting you over when there’s a lane closed. That is new habits!

2. FSD Beta V11.4.4 virtually all the time stops in the precise place at cease indicators, checks for cross site visitors (barely too lengthy), makes the flip if wanted, after which accelerates briskly. Earlier variations of FSD Beta would extra typically cease 20 or 30 toes too early.

3. FSD Beta V11.4.4 goes by inexperienced site visitors lights. Earlier variations earlier than the Beta launch would require you to approve going by inexperienced site visitors lights.

4. Usually, FSD Beta velocity management may be very easy. It’s normally smoother than a human driver (particularly my spouse).

Choosy, Choosy!

When State Freeway 32 joins US Freeway 45 in Three Lakes, Wisconsin, FSD Beta fails to show into the primary site visitors lane. It turns into the bypass lane on the precise after which makes a barely jerky merge into the primary site visitors lane when the bypass lane ends.

In some areas together with a spot on US 17 between Three Lakes and Rhinelander, FSD places me within the bypass lane even when no automotive is making a left flip. It solely returns to the primary lane when the bypass lane ends.

When my navigation route makes a left flip from State Freeway 32 south of Three Lakes onto my road, Bonkowski Street, FSD Beta V11.4.4 makes me cease for an immediate somewhat than continuing straight onto Bonkowski Street. A driver following carefully behind me wouldn’t count on this habits.

When driving on Bonkowski Street in Three Lakes, Wisconsin, FSD Beta sees the cease signal on Paradise Street merging at a small angle and brakes frivolously when no braking is required.

When driving down Bonkowski Street, FSD Beta will activate the flip sign two or thrice when there is no such thing as a flip onto one other street.

Normally, FSD Beta makes easy turns, however in some instances when turning from a freeway onto a road, it is going to trigger your automotive’s steering wheel to jerk fairly strongly.

When FSD Beta V11.4.4 is Horrid

Typically, FSD Beta 4. 4 will do what I name Phantom Swerving. On a blacktop street with no painted strains, FSD Beta V11.4.4 will normally make my automotive swerve sharply as if it’s attempting to keep away from a pothole, massive chunk of tire, or cinderblock in the midst of the lane. The one downside: there’s nothing in my lane that may warrant this habits.

A number of instances, I’ve seen this habits repeated after only some hundred yards. Different instances, I can go weeks with out having this occur. When it occurs, it is extremely disconcerting to me and it drives my passengers loopy. If it happens too continuously, I’ve no alternative however to disable FSD Beta V11.4.4.

Phantom Braking: Similar as above however simply making use of the brakes when there is no such thing as a cause.

Typically, FSD Beta 4.4 will put me right into a flip lane when the navigation route specifies that I’m to go straight forward. Typically, FSD Beta V11.4.4 will really make a flip that isn’t specified by the navigation. It occurs at a site visitors mild on 1600 N going up the hill from I-15 in Orem, Utah. It additionally occurs on US 17 going south simply north of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. This habits happens repeatedly in the identical location. Except I disengage forward of time, it is going to drive my passengers loopy.

After I Need to Intervene

When I’m ready at a cease signal with no cross site visitors or solely a single automotive approaching the cross road, I can let FSD Beta V11.4.4 look forward to the automotive after which proceed straight forward or make the flip specified by the navigation. Nonetheless, if there’s heavy cross site visitors, I don’t belief FSD Beta V11.4.4, so I disable it and proceed straight forward or make the flip manually once I see a niche within the site visitors.

Reporting FSD Beta V11.4.4 Misbehavior to Tesla

Should you seize the wheel or hit the brake to disengage from FSD Beta V11.4.4, a textual content message seems on the display which asks: Why did you disengage? It then provides you the chance to push the speak button and ship a brief voice message to Tesla explaining the misbehavior if there was any. It took me fairly some time to start out sending these messages, however now I do it each time I expertise FSD Beta V11.4.4 misbehavior. I’ve no method of understanding if Tesla really listens to my messages. It actually doesn’t reply instantly in any method that I can see. I can solely hope that my experiences will assist trigger the misbehavior to be eradicated in a future software program launch.

What to Count on within the Future

We preserve listening to guarantees from Elon Musk about how good the subsequent software program variations, particularly FSD V12, will likely be. In reality, he guarantees that it’ll not be designated as a Beta know-how. Tesla plans to launch an entire rewrite of the software program utilizing AI (Synthetic Intelligence) rules. These of us who’ve skilled over 10 variations of the software program and seen a variety of critical points persist will likely be ready with baited breath.

Your Suggestions

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