Good but not good enough?


As announced, Tesla has delivered the long-awaited beta version 9 of its advanced driver assistant to certain drivers. The group has learned a lot in the process, but other things are still missing.

Tesla warns that the new software could “do the wrong thing at the worst possible moment”. In the same tube blows Elon Musk, who announced “Beta 9 will fix most problems, but there will also be unknown problems, so please be paranoid”. He’s been giving notice for years fully autonomous driving system an.

The most noticeable change concerns the interface. In contrast to before, the system works with 3D graphics for traffic lights, pedestrians and vehicles. It clearly shows what kind of road users are in the area. Version 8 only saw geographical shapes. In addition to traffic lights and other light signals, version 9 also animates brake lights. The system also provides information about planned driving behavior in dialog boxes, such as “stop at a red light within 50 meters”. Tesla has also introduced more colors and knitting widths to differentiate between different types of lanes. The type of stripes can be used to determine how well the system recognizes the road: the coarser they appear, the more difficult it is to identify them. A lot has also happened in the background, so the program only relies on camera inputs. A supercomputer interprets this and learns the driver assistant with its results.



Driving system still not safe in city traffic

After the previous beta the Cars quite safe on highways led, the testers now focused on city traffic. But a drive in San Francisco showed the limits of the driver assistant after a few minutes: the car moved into the opposite lane, made hectic steering movements when turning and did not recognize bus and taxi lanes. When turning at a construction site, the Tesla almost crashed into parked vehicles. In Seattle, a test vehicle really wanted to drive into the pillars of the monorail. Other videos show a Model 3 suddenly making strange left-right steering movements and brushing against bushes. In virtually all of the test videos, the drivers had to intervene several times in order to avoid accidents. The classification as autonomous driving stage 2 seems fair. The beta is obviously still a preliminary version: The “full self-driving” still needs a lot of work before it lives up to its name, testers say. It is not known how many customers paid $ 10,000 or EUR 7,500 to book the software package.

Most testers are overall very satisfied with the progress that the system has made. On the one hand, the new autopilot drives much more smoothly, especially around corners. In addition, the system usually interprets the surroundings correctly, even if there are no lane markings or pedestrians simply crossed the street. In some near-accidents it was noticed that the situation was recognized perfectly graphically, but the FSD decided to drive the wrong way. In other critical cases – with pedestrians, for example – the software chose the correct alternative course of action surprisingly well. Overall, most testers and commentators see the system on the right track, but it is not yet enough for a “public beta”. Musk had announced one Download the beta version for all Tesla drivers to enable.

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