On Saturday, the most anticipated release of Tesla’s full self-driving beta 10.2 to approximately 1,000 Tesla owners with “perfect” safety scores was postponed. Elon Musk blamed the delay on “a few last-minute construction concerns.”
Earlier this week, Musk announced that FSD beta 10.2 would be available to about 1,000 drivers with perfect safety scores (the 0 to 100 scale used by the business to evaluate whether a driver will have an accident in the future) at midnight on Friday. Despite the moniker, the software does not enable Tesla vehicles to drive themselves. Instead, it assists drivers on highways and city streets, but driver monitoring is essential at all times.
“A few last-minute concerns about this build. Release probably on Sunday or Monday. Sorry for the delay,” said the CEO tweeted early Saturday.
Musk didn’t elaborate about the last-minute complications that forced the delay. However, there are some evident issues with FSD 10.2. FSD beta 9, which had been delayed for years, “could do the wrong thing at the worst time,” Tesla noted about two months ago.
The initial plan for Tesla was to give version 10.2 to 1,000 drivers with a 100/100 score and then track how they fared with the software for a few days. According to Musk, if the launch goes well, 10.2 will be offered to drivers with scores of 99 and below. He said 2,000 drivers have utilised the FSD system without incident for nearly a year, and it is vital to keep it that way.
“FSD beta system can sometimes seem so good that vigilance isn’t necessary, but it is. Any beta user who is not super careful will also be booted,” Musk said at the time.
Five “safety factors” are used to evaluate a driver’s safety score, according to Tesla’s website: forward collision alarms per 1,000 miles, sudden braking, aggressive turning, hazardous tracking, and forced autopilot disengagement. A higher number, according to Tesla, indicates a safer driver, with the majority of drivers anticipated to have a safety score of 80 or higher.
Regulators such as the National Transportation Safety Board have recently chastised Tesla. In September, Jennifer Homendy, the agency’s head, said that the business should delay releasing the next FSD beta until it fixes security issues in its technology. However on Monday, Tesla announced that it had once again started the expanded rollout of the new feature.