Tesla’s self-driving tech is already one of the most technologically advanced Autopilot systems that are available at present in the automotive industry. Now the company’s founder and CEO billionaire Elon Musk has said that Tesla’s Autopilot/Full Self-Driving (FSD) rewrite is going to result in “quantum leap” improvements, and this rewrite is being implemented on Tesla’s fleet in the coming six to ten weeks.
Tesla Full Self-Driving To Make ‘Quantum Leap’ Improvements, Rewrite Coming in 6 to 10 weeks
It was recently reported on Electrek that Tesla is going through “a significant foundational rewrite in the Tesla Autopilot.” As part of the rewrite, Mr. Musk says that the “neural net is absorbing more and more of the problem.” This is a part of the company’s advanced machine-learning supported by artificial intelligence. He also mentioned that the Autopilot/FSD rewrite will also include a more in-depth labeling system.
The FSD improvement will come as a quantum leap, because it’s a fundamental architectural rewrite, not an incremental tweak. I drive the bleeding edge alpha build in my car personally. Almost at zero interventions between home & work. Limited public release in 6 to 10 weeks.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 14, 2020
Elon Musk claims that it will result in a “quantum leap” compared to the current technology, he said “The FSD improvement will come as a quantum leap, because it’s a fundamental architectural rewrite, not an incremental tweak. I drive the bleeding edge alpha build in my car personally. Almost at zero interventions between home & work. Limited public release in 6 to 10 weeks.”
Last month, Mr. Musk said that the Autopilot update is two to four months away, and it will help Tesla deploy more functionalities a lot faster. Based on this statement, the rewrite is behind a couple of weeks, but this isn’t an issue at all as there is no flaw in the current version of the system that needs to be rectified.
The Beta rollout
“Limited release” generally means that Tesla is going to grant the update to “Early Access” owners first, these selected few owners will test the advanced beta version of the system and then give their feedback to Tesla, The company, based on this feedback will make any improvements, if deemed necessary and then proceed with the implementation of the rewrite to the entire fleet.
It’s also the second time that Musk mentioned testing the alpha build of the Autopilot rewrite in his own personal Tesla car.
During Tesla’s Q2 earnings, the CEO said that he was going from his home to work “with no interventions”:
“So I personally tested the latest alpha build of full self-driving software when I drive my car and it is really I think profoundly better than people realize. It’s like amazing. So it’s almost getting to the point where I can go from my house to work with no interventions, despite going through construction and widely varying situations. So this is why I am very confident about full self-driving functionality being complete by the end of this year, is because I’m literally driving it.” Elon Musk’s personal Model S was spotted last month, and it also features a prototype color. The CEO is following the policy of “never sell something that you wouldn’t buy yourself”.
This new update is critical to Tesla achieving the plan to deploy 1 million “Robotaxi” vehicles for a self-driving ride-sharing network by the end of 2020, this was announced by Musk last year. This rewrite possibly will set foundations for a platform for Tesla to progress in the years to come.