Elon says Tesla’s single-cell city/highway solution could be available this summer
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By Nuno Cristovao
Tesla’s Beta FSD is amazing, and while it’s far from perfect, it’s certainly impressive what it can do today.
However, FSD Beta only uses Tesla’s latest technology improvements for city driving. Highway driving is still based on the current production version of “Navigate on Autopilot”.
Elon has previously said that Tesla will eventually merge highway and city driving into a single stack.
A technology stack refers to the technologies used to build a system.
A single stack refers to using the same technologies for multiple applications, rather than having separate technology stacks for each.
A single battery will allow Tesla to apply everything it has learned in city driving to its Autopilot highway navigation feature.
When Tesla trains and adapts its FSD Beta neural networks to highway driving, we can see dramatically smoother merges and turns on the highway.
Although the addition of a single battery was hinted at as early as the 10.1 FSD beta, it looks like Tesla is still making progress.
It’s rather good. 10.12 will have major improvements for tricky unprotected lefts and heavy traffic in general. We are also making good progress with the single stack.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 27, 2022
Yesterday Elon said he is now using an alpha version of FSD Beta which includes highway driving. While he admits it’s not ready for prime time just yet, he thinks it could be ready for consumers this summer.
While Elon can sometimes be overly optimistic about timelines, it’s reassuring that Tesla continues to make progress on its single-cell solution.
This news probably means that we will not only see FSD Beta 10.13 (everything that comes in beta 10.13), which Elon has already talked about, but we will probably see several other versions before a single stack solution arrives in FSD Beta 11 .
I’m driving an alpha version of FSD on the highway and it’s not quite ready. Probably ready for wide release this summer.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 15, 2022
By Alex Jones
The ever-mysterious Tesla Cybertruck has been photogenic recently with plenty of photos of a drivable prototype interior as well as snapshots of the planned 9,000-ton Giga press that will mold new truck bodies.
Although those who have reserved Cybertruck have already heard, we seem to be taking a step closer to the eventual release of the Cybertruck.
Editor u/IeZael recently published details of his experiences during a tour of the IDRA Group facilities in Brescia, Italy.
IDRA, founded in 1946, has created some of the largest high pressure die casting machines in the world. IDRA regularly holds open days to showcase the latest die casting machines.
Although Tesla isn’t IDRA’s only customer, it was pretty obvious that the Giga 9000t press is ultimately destined for Tesla’s factory. The biggest gift? The color scheme of the device is identical to that of the Giga press of the Y model.
Additionally, IDRA says the machines “can be used for SUVs and small trucks.” Elon Musk later confirmed that Tesla would continue to use IDRA’s presses, including the new 9,000-ton Giga press for the Cybertruck body.
In addition to the photo montage from the open house, IDRA has produced a fascinating series of videos detailing the assembly of the Giga press.
What caught more attention this week for Cybertruck reservation holders were alleged interior shots of a Cybertruck prototype. Posted by KSBW, the photos show a rough prototype interior with a disassembled yoke.
Interestingly, Cybertruck’s appearance was part of a press event for the PG&E Elkhorn Battery System at Moss Landing (which includes Tesla batteries). It’s unclear if Tesla intended to photograph the interior at the event (given the unfinished nature of the finishes).
The central screen shows the new Model X (which may be the basis of the prototype systems).
The interior of this prototype certainly deviates from the initial renderings released by Tesla during the initial launch of the Cybertruck.
Instead of a central seat, a console is clearly visible. Additionally, the appearance of a dashboard opens up the exciting possibility that the Cybertruck could feature dual screens, similar to the new Model X.
The Cybertruck is slated for release in 2023.
By Alex Jones
While unprotected left turns can be taxing for novice drivers, many FSD Beta participants still experience anxiety when their car is faced with such a turn.
Unprotected left turns are one of the most difficult driving maneuvers for humans and AI to perform, as they leave your vehicle vulnerable while turning (instead of turning with traffic).
Tesla quickly recognized the difficulties its AI had in executing these turns safely and worked diligently to improve the AI’s ability to discern impending hazards.
Solve Chazman’s tricky left turns
FSD Beta 10.12 improved unprotected left turn issues, but there are still lingering issues.
Chuck Cook (@Chazman) iteratively tested FSD Beta’s ability to make unprotected left turns on a busy road.
It’s a complicated turn that involved crossing three lanes of traffic before reaching the median and then turning left.
10.13 will solve your left turn most of the time
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 5, 2022
This often involves crossing all three lanes and waiting at the median before finding enough space to enter a lane.
It’s complicated, even for humans. However, Elon Musk said in a recent tweet that Beta 10.13 will fix Chuck’s complicated left turns “most of the time.”
Chazman on FSD beta 10.12.2
Elon also added that 10:13 would “smooth out intersection control”, hopefully reducing vehicle hesitation and steering jerks that can occur in busy intersections.
Go deep on roundabouts
In addition to unprotected left turns, navigating roundabouts and roundabouts has become a priority for FSD engineers.
Although popular overseas, roundabouts are rarely used in the United States. Although there are over 2600 roundabouts across the country, FSD Beta should be able to handle them well.
The roundabout navigation at FSD Beta was uneven, although it could be said that the multi-lane roundabouts are difficult even for experienced drivers.
With FSD Beta 10.13, Musk says Tesla is going “deep on roundabouts” and should be significantly better in this iteration of FSD Beta.
There are certainly tricky roundabouts that can challenge even the most experienced drivers. Some roundabouts include multiple lanes and may require you to change lanes inside the roundabout, some may even include roundabouts leading into or out of the roundabout, such as the “Magic Roundabout” in Swindon, in England.
Magic Roundabout in Swindon, England
Navigate without map data
Musk also hinted at another major improvement that could be included in 10.13: the ability for the FSD beta to navigate roads without map data.
The vehicle will be able to navigate to a specific GPS point or a pinned location (e.g. rural roads), Musk explains.
Dead reckoning (navigation without GPS)
Additionally, Elon hinted that Tesla is also working on AI’s ability to perform dead reckoning (navigation only on “inertial measurements, wheel motion, and vision”).
He gave underground car parks as an example of where FSD would need this capability to navigate without GPS or map data.
The car will be able to do this by using its last known GPS position and then determining its future position using only a compass, wheel movement and speed.
Yes, the car will navigate to a landmark location, even if it is in a complex surface parking lot or at the entrance of a hotel.
In covered or underground car parks, the car will have to navigate using only inertial measurement, wheel movement and vision, as the GPS signal is no longer available.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 4, 2022
FSD Beta 10.13 Release Date
Elon said he expects FSD Beta 10.13 to be available in about two weeks.
Why is it always two weeks? Tesla can use an agile approach to software development. In agile development, work is planned in “sprints” that span one or more weeks, with two weeks being a common length.
Tesla may use two-week sprints when planning and developing upcoming features.
For drivers who have experienced the intense nature of FSD left turns through busy intersections, it looks like they won’t have to wait long for FSD Beta 10.13.