Tesla: Full Self Driving mode activated in US models

All new Tesla Models S, X and Y bought in the United States will now come with free access to Full Self Driving, says IOT World Today. CEO Elon Musk confirmed on X: “All US cars that are capable of FSD will be enabled for a one-month trial this week.”

The trial also extends to current owners who have not activated it on their vehicles, the story adds.

The move is part of a push to give the tech more exposure, and was underlined in a leaked internal email, in which Musk instructed employees: “Going forward, it is mandatory in North America to install and activate FSD V12.3.1 and take customers on a short test ride before handing over the car. Almost no one actually realizes how well (supervised) FSD actually works. I know this will slow down the delivery process, but it is nonetheless a hard requirement.”

Full Self Driving is the company’s Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) tech, which provides Level 2-rated automation, as defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers. What this means is that the steering, braking and acceleration can all be automated, but the driver needs to be paying attention. As the Tesla website warns owners: “It is your responsibility to stay alert, drive safely and be in control of your vehicle at all times.” 


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