Early access full self-driving could still arrive before the end of the year

Another tidbit of information that came out of Tesla’s Q3 earnings call was an update on the timeline for full self-driving (FSD) by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Musk has stated that FSD was going to be “feature complete” by the end of 2020, which is just a little over 2 months away. During the call, Musk elaborated on both what feature complete means, and when he thinks it will happen.

According to Musk, feature complete means the car will be able to drive from your house to your work, most likely without any driver interventions. That doesn’t mean you will be able to have a nap on your way to work, but rather it will still need to be be supervised, but will be able to fill in gap from low speed (think parking lots) to intermediate (think surface level streets) to high speed (think highways) autonomy.

Tesla FSD chip
Tesla’s new FSD chip, HW3

Additionally, he stated that there are 3 major levels to autonomy. The first level requires intervention and supervision from the driver. The second is safe enough to be driven without supervision. Finally the 3rd is when regulators are also convinced that car can be driven without supervision.

Musk also clarified the timeline for feature complete FSD, stating that it’s “going to be tight” to get it done by the end of the year, but they’re optimistic it will be done. The intial release will likely be for Early Access Program (EAP) users only, with a wider release at a later date.

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