Tesla’s Full Self Driving (FSD) Beta V11.4.4 — Is It Higher?

Tesla’s Full Self Driving (FSD) Beta V11.4.4 — Is It Higher?

My Tesla Autopilot & FSD Beta Background

3 years and eight months in the past, I bought my Tesla Mannequin 3 Lengthy Vary and paid $6,000 further for Full Self Driving. If you wish to add FSD to your present automobile or a brand new buy, it should now value you $15,000 for a similar software program suite. You can even hire the software program for $199/month. With a referral*, your new Tesla will include three months of FSD.

At first, FSD solely gave me computerized driving on limited-access (no-cross streets) highways. My automobile would navigate from one Interstate freeway to a different following the navigation route that I entered and go management again to me on the off-ramp. It’s additionally speculated to go slower shifting automobiles. Though, that characteristic doesn’t at all times work appropriately. I’ve pushed my Mannequin 3 now for over 100,000 miles. Throughout this era, Tesla has let me obtain over 15 software program updates. Typically the updates have been so important it was virtually like getting a brand new automobile. The biggie a couple of yr in the past was getting FSD Beta, which added navigation on non-limited-access roads and metropolis streets. It additionally added Autosteer on unmarked roads (no yellow middle strains).

Since I first obtained FSD Beta, it has gone by way of 11 updates. The most recent gave me FSD Beta V11.4.4.

New wider blue pathway line indicating FSD Beta (V11) display screen. April 17, 2023. Photograph by Fritz Hasler.

FSD Beta Abstract

Elon Musk has bragged that Tesla FSD would quickly be adequate that Tesla house owners might hire out their automobiles as autonomous taxis. Tesla was briefly one of the crucial precious firms on this planet partly due to hypothesis on the longer term worth of Tesla FSD software program. Tesla has the benefit of amassing real-life information from 400,000+ of us paying “software program testers,” and it’s utilizing that information to coach future variations of the software program on one of many greatest supercomputers on this planet. Such a deal for Tesla! Often, an organization must pay their workers to check their software program, not get their clients to pay them for the privilege. Whereas these of us who’ve been utilizing FSD Beta for the final yr or extra have seen important enhancements, many people (maybe most of us) don’t imagine that FSD is any nearer to complete autonomy than it was a yr in the past. It nonetheless fails in high-traffic conditions, fails to get within the appropriate lane generally at intersections, and is topic to phantom braking and swerving. Musk has just lately stated that FSD V12 will now not be in beta. Nevertheless, he didn’t give a promised launch date. These of us who’ve paid for it will like to be stunned.

What’s Good about FSD Beta V11.4.4?

My spouse and I are spending the summer season in Northern Wisconsin, so most of my testing of V11.4.4 is on low-traffic streets and highways. It’s nice enjoyable to enter an tackle into the navigation and have my automobile drive there completely robotically if there isn’t a visitors or gentle visitors. The Autosteer is fabulous — it retains my automobile within the middle of the visitors lane higher than I can myself. It slows down robotically for sharp turns and even navigates the “15 mph” turns and rotaries the place common Autosteer would fail. V11.4.4 Autosteer additionally works completely on unmarked roads! (No yellow middle strains or white facet strains wanted.) That is an enchancment over earlier variations of FSD Beta, the place the automobile would wander generally on the unmarked roads. V11.4.4 additionally handles oncoming visitors on a slender unmarked highway or avenue completely. It splits the distinction between the oncoming visitors and the sting of the highway so nicely that I don’t really feel the need to intervene.

V11.4.4 lastly responds correctly to building barrels. Earlier software program variations wouldn’t do that. The automobile will transfer correctly to the left in response to the development barrels when the right-hand lane is closed. In earlier variations, I might at all times rooster out earlier than my automobile would reply to the development barrels. V11.4.4 additionally does an ideal job of avoiding parked automobiles, bicycle riders, pedestrians, and the rest extending out into your visitors lane.

Word: Tesla is just not kidding concerning the present “Beta” designation. When utilizing FSD Beta V11.4.4, one must be able to intervene instantaneously, normally in conditions the place busier visitors makes it crucial.

Cease Signal Conduct

V11.4.4 virtually at all times stops appropriately proper at a cease signal. Nevertheless, it should sometimes cease me 20 ft or so in entrance of the cease signal. If the visibility of the cross avenue is nice and there’s no cross-traffic, it should flip or go ahead and speed up briskly after ~3 seconds. If it stops ~20 ft in entrance of the cease signal or the cross avenue visibility is poor, it should creep ahead and speed up briskly after 5 seconds or just a little longer. Often, with no cross visitors and nobody behind me, I let the automobile proceed robotically. Nevertheless, if there’s a automobile behind me, this conduct remains to be just a little too timid, so when there isn’t a cross visitors or I see that I’ve sufficient time to make the merge, I’ll press on the accelerator. The automobile will nonetheless make the automated flip completely.

If there’s fairly a little bit of cross visitors, it’s actually onerous to let V11.4.4 do the merge all by itself. Typically I disengage the software program and do the merge manually. Different occasions, I’ll add some acceleration to ensure I merge appropriately forward of a fast paced automobile coming from a ways.

Passing Slower Automobiles on 4-Lane Highways

V11.4.4 is meant to match speeds arising behind a slower shifting car if wanted, sign, transfer into the passing lane, go the car, and return to the right-hand lane. I’ve seen it stay caught behind the slower shifting car in some instances. In others, it should go the car however not return to the right-hand lane even when specified within the controls.

Phantom Braking & Swerving

Phantom braking has been a problem with FSD Beta for a very long time. I nonetheless observe occasional phantom braking, and I’ve seen frequent phantom swerving once more just lately after not experiencing it for some time. V11.4.4 will trigger my automobile to swerve left aggressively into the oncoming lane or proper almost off the pavement and again. This could be an ideal response to a rock, piece of tire, deer, turtle, or one thing else in my lane. Nevertheless, there was nothing in my lane — thus the phantom swerving designation. This happens at speeds of 30 mph or so on Wisconsin two-lane backroads that I’ve traveled many occasions with out seeing this conduct. I’ve been very snug letting FSD Beta autosteer me on these backroads. The phantom swerving has occurred often sufficient currently to drive my passengers loopy and make me think about going again to driving manually.

Improper Lane Choice & Failure to Observe the Navigation Route

I don’t see this a lot in rural Northern Wisconsin as a result of we seldom have a number of lanes right here. Nevertheless, on these few journeys to an even bigger metropolis, Rhinelander, I’ve seen V11.4.4 choose a lane inconsistent with the navigation and even deviate from the navigation route.

Musk Simply Forecasted Stage 4 or 5 Autonomy by the Finish of the 12 months: Are You Kidding Me?

Elon Musk retains forecasting large enhancements in FSD. His most up-to-date forecast is for Stage 4 or 5 autonomy by the tip of 2023. Are you kidding me? The reply to the query within the title of this text: These of us driving with FSD Beta on daily basis for nearly a yr (or extra) have seen a number of variations of the software program with important enhancements. Nevertheless, unsuitable lane choice, deviation from the navigation route, phantom braking and swerving, and timid conduct at busy intersections are all showstoppers and appear to have not improved with a number of updates. Possibly a breakthrough is coming, however there isn’t a signal of it but on my finish.

Little Stuff

FSD Beta V11.4.4 sees cease indicators on streets which might be merging at a small angle. It’s going to make your automobile decelerate unnecessarily.

When turning proper from Freeway 32 onto Freeway 45 in Three Lakes, V11.4.4 turns me into the acceleration lane on the suitable as a substitute of the primary visitors lane, even with no visitors. My automobile will keep within the passing lane till the final second when it disappears and it’ll merge into the primary visitors lane. Additionally, between Three Lakes and Eagle River there’s a spot the place the highway widens to let automobiles go stopped left-turning visitors. V11.4.4 places my automobile within the right-hand lane even with no left-turning car. A standard driver wouldn’t do that.

V11.4.4 will usually activate the flip sign at sharp activates unmarked roads even when no flip onto one other highway is required. If I do this sort of factor myself, my spouse laughs at me.

V11.4.4 will generally cease lifeless earlier than turning from a serious highway onto a minor highway even with no oncoming visitors. This might trigger a rear-end collision from a carefully following automobile. I’m ready for this risk and add some accelerator stress if wanted. V11.4.4 will nonetheless do all the right steering for the flip. This conduct is just not new.

V11.4.4 now makes very nice clean turns for lane adjustments. It additionally normally makes very clean right-angle turns. Nevertheless, someday turning onto a minor highway, the steering wheel will jerk wildly as soon as. Beforehand now we have seen this conduct at gradual speeds in parking tons the place you’ll get a number of jerks of the steering wheel.

Particularly these of you utilizing V11.4.4 in metropolitan areas, please give us your observations within the remark part as nicely.

*Tesla has reactivated its referral program. In case you discover any of my articles useful to you, please be at liberty to make use of my referral hyperlink: https://ts.la/arthur73734. If you’re shopping for a brand new Tesla and use my hyperlink (you’ll want to use it while you make your order), you’ll obtain $1,000 off your buy worth and three months of Full Self-Driving (Beta). It’s going to drive you robotically to any tackle you enter into the navigation — simply be ready to intervene instantly if it screws up.


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