The Future of Driving: Tesla Showcases Cutting-Edge Full Self-Driving Technology

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, ‍has issued a⁢ new directive to ‌his staff. In an email, he mandated⁤ that Tesla employees must give demonstrations ‍of the Full Self-Driving⁤ (FSD)‌ mode‍ to new customers. Musk believes that “almost no one” understands how well the⁤ software works. The‍ FSD software is‍ a driver-assist add-on that Tesla owners can purchase for $199 per month or $12,000.

Short Test Rides for⁤ New Customers

According to a leaked email, Musk has instructed Tesla ⁢employees to give new ​customers a ⁤”short test ride” using the carmaker’s latest Full Self-Driving software. This information​ was first reported ‍by a⁢ Tesla fan and later confirmed by Business Insider. In the early⁤ morning email to staff, Musk stated that it ⁣was “mandatory” ​for⁢ staff⁣ to install and activate the ​FSD software on the vehicle and give⁢ a test⁢ drive.

“Almost no one actually realizes how well ⁤(supervised) FSD actually works,” Musk wrote. “I know ‍this will slow down the delivery process, but ⁣it is nonetheless a hard requirement.” Musk also sent a follow-up email‌ to the entire company, instructing staff to give customers demos after the vehicles are returned from service centers.

Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Software

All current Tesla models come with the carmaker’s Autopilot driver-assist program. Tesla owners⁢ can also buy the company’s Full Self-Driving beta feature for $12,000 or ⁢through a $199 monthly subscription.⁣ This beta feature enables the vehicle to automatically change lanes, ⁢enter and exit highways, recognize stop signs and traffic lights, and park. Both programs ⁢still ⁤require‍ a⁤ licensed driver to⁢ monitor the⁤ system at ⁢all times, and⁢ Tesla’s AI system collects driver data to improve the ⁣system as‍ drivers use‌ it.

Tesla regularly ​rolls out ‌new versions of FSD using over-the-air ⁤updates. The recent ⁣version of FSD, V12.3.1 started​ coming ‌out ⁤this month, Musk⁤ said. “Three significant improvements to FSD will roll ⁢out roughly every two weeks,” Musk ⁣wrote earlier in March. “Should be really shining bright by late April or early May.”

Regulatory Scrutiny

Over the past ‌few years, Tesla has come under increased scrutiny from regulators over the self-driving ⁤software and the company’s marketing of the services.