Elon Musk Warns Drivers Not To Trust New “Full Self-Driving” Update
"Please be paranoid."
"Please be paranoid."
Tesla has finally started to roll out the latest version of its “Full Self-Driving” beta, which is its long-awaited assisted driving update that gives Teslas the ability to automatically change lanes and obey traffic lights and stop signs.
That’s an exciting development on Tesla’s journey toward vehicles that are self-driving in technological capacity rather than name. But as Insider notes, it’s not all celebration back at Tesla headquarters. Instead, CEO Elon Musk made sure to warn drivers that the system still isn’t perfect — and that everyone needs to stay vigilant to make sure the experimental software doesn’t put them in harm’s way.
“Running preproduction software is both work and fun,” Musk tweeted last week. “Beta list was in stasis, as we had many known issues to fix. Beta 9 addresses most known issues, but there will be unknown issues, so please be paranoid. Safety is always top priority at Tesla.”
Musk isn’t the only one urging caution. Even the official FSD v9 beta release notes warn drivers that overreliance on the assisted driving technology could result in catastrophe.
“Full Self-Driving is in early limited access Beta and must be used with additional caution,” the release notes say, according to an image taken by a driver. “It may do the wrong thing at the worst time, so you must always keep your hands on the wheel and pay extra attention to the road. Do not become complacent.”
Thankfully, Tesla introduced some features to keep any would-be daredevils focused on the road. For instance, the car can chirp a little audible alert to remind the driver to pay attention if it detects that they’re not watching the road, according to Insider.
As the beta continues to roll out, it remains to be seen whether the more careless drivers out there will actually heed Tesla and Musk’s warnings.
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