Tesla has started rolling out the latest version of its fully self-driving beta (FSD Beta 10.69.1) to more owners. The original major version 10.69 released late last month had a limited reach of around 1,000 Tesla owners.
According to Elon Musk’s previous announcement, FSD Beta 10.69.1 will still not be distributed to all early access program participants until the next version 10.69.2 is released in the coming weeks.
The release notes for FSD Beta 10.69.1 are the same as v10.69. However, Tesla has reset the counter for forced Autopilot disengages (safety strikes) to 10.69.1. Tesla explains what forced disengages from Autopilot are in the Full Self-Driving Beta Suspension Notice as follows:
For maximum safety and accountability, use of Fully Self-Driving (Beta) will be suspended if inappropriate use is detected. Improper use occurs when you, or another driver of your vehicle, receive five “forced autopilot disengages.”
A disengagement occurs when the autopilot system disengages for the remainder of a trip after the driver has received multiple audible and visual warnings of inattention. Rider-initiated disengagements do not count as misuse and are expected of the rider. Keep your hands on the wheel and stay alert at all times. The use of any hand-held device while using the autopilot is not permitted.
Beta testers for the Tesla Full Self-Driving program have already started evaluating the system, and most reviews are positive for this update.
Since the previous version 10.69 was not an extended release, many Tesla owners get the FSD 10.69.1 beta (2020.20.10) directly – skipping the previous one altogether.
FSD Beta 10.69.1 Reviews
Since these software releases are in beta, there will always be bugs and improvements in various scenarios. Tesla has been hard at work on Unprotected Left Turns (UPL) and 10.69.1 also focuses on “deep lane guidance” (see release notes for details).
Dan Burkland was one of the very first to receive the FSD Beta 10.69.1 update on his Tesla Model 3 and he reported the following improvements in his initial review:
- 1 long-standing lane selection issue appears to be resolved
- Acceleration after the apex of corners could be a bit more aggressive
- Got red hands 20 seconds in my 2nd drive, FSD came back after about 1 minute
In some scenarios, the lack of correct map data also leads Tesla vehicles to make the wrong decision or become confused/less confident, as seen in the test review video above.
He had the opportunity to thoroughly test this version over the next two days and shared the following results of his evaluation.
(3/5) The ego car posture also causes some issues (e.g. confusing surrounding drivers) as it lines up to the right using dead space while aiming for the nose of the vehicle (and steering wheel ) across the intersection towards oncoming traffic. pic.twitter.com/CUvmUmpA6y
—Dan Burkland (@DBurkland) September 1, 2022
So UPLs are still a headache for FSD Beta and the Tesla Autopilot software team has a lot more to do for similar scenarios. FSD Beta 10.69.1 was still not convinced to take this specific UPL.
However, with the new “deep lane guidance” module in 10.69, FSD beta testers are finding that the vehicle now selects the correct lane in most scenarios. This was a long-standing issue that plagued previous beta versions of FSD.
Dan shared the following results of his extensive testing of FSD Beta 10.698.1 on his Tesla Model 3.
Chuck Cook (made famous by being mentioned in the FSD Beta 10.13 release notes), also took his Tesla vehicle to test the latest 10.69.1. Interestingly, in his latest video (below), Chuck took FSD Beta 10.69.1 for a test on unmarked roads.
On these unmarked streets, the autopilot shuts down most of the time for oncoming traffic. But in most cases, bringing the car to a complete stop was pretty useless because there was enough space to the left for the oncoming vehicle to pass easily. FSD Beta 10.69.1 was overly cautious in these scenarios.
If the ego car (the one driven by FSD Beta) stays more towards the red line to the right and Tesla Vision is able to correctly calculate the size of the oncoming vehicle, it would reduce autopilot confusion. This is Chuck’s summary of comments for unmarked routes.
Tesla has come a long way in Autopilot/Self-Driving software technology and it looks like there’s a long way to go as well. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.