Tesla CEO Elon Musk has created a button.
The FSD Beta request button is activated tonight, but FSD 10.1 needs another 24 hours of testing, so tomorrow night
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 25, 2021
This new button allows any Tesla driver to request access to the company’s ‘fully autonomous driving’ (technically non-autonomous) beta. Musk says new entries to the beta program will require the car to evaluate its driving style for a week to make sure they aren’t too aggressive.
I’m not sure what a driver’s aggression has to do with letting them sit and watch a car try to drive itself, but at least Telsa has added a way to keep people out of beta, right? Well not really. If you can’t get into beta the first time, you can still try to qualify again.
Some users have even reported that more aggressive driving in some cases has resulted in a higher overall safety score.
– Gary Black (@ garyblack00) September 25, 2021
On the other hand, it might be helpful to have more people in the beta to submit a larger sample of data to Tesla. Ideally, this would help refine the software faster. On the other hand, since cars are inherently dangerous, there is still an argument against allowing anyone to try autonomous driving software on public roads.
It’s unclear if this button will make it to Canada, but judging from previous Full Self Driving beta updates, I don’t expect to see it here anytime soon.