While it’s not the update we were looking for, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has let Canadian owners know the new Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta software will be coming to Canada next.
The self-driving software was released nearly two weeks ago in the US. Since then we’ve seen hundreds of videos as beta testers across the US received the update. Despite many Canadians peppering the CEO with tweets asking when the beta program would arrive in Canada, there have been no updates from Musk or Tesla, until today.
While responding to a user on Twitter asking Musk to include Norway in the list of participating countries, he said both Norway and Canada were “next”, without specifying an exact timeline.
Canada and Norway are next after we get US out of early beta!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 2, 2020
Even though Canadian FSD beta hopefuls were wanting something more definitive, there is still some hope that it could be arriving here soon. In his tweet, Musk said Canada would receive it once the US was “out of early beta!” This is a positive for at least two reasons.
The first depends on Musk’s definition of “early beta.” The CEO mentioned over the weekend that Tesla will be sending out updates to the software in a very rapid manner, as often as every 5 to 10 days.
Every 5 to 10 days
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 31, 2020
Given that, along with the fact that Musk has previously said he hopes to have a wide release of the beta software before the end of the year, we won’t be surprised to see the beta software arrive north of the border this year, or even this month.
The other positive aspect of Musk’s tweet for Canadian Tesla owners is that it appears receiving the necessary approvals from Transport Canada is not going to be a stumbling block. Until now, the speculation has been the government approvals to test the self-driving software on Canadian roads, much like what happened with Smart Summon last year, was the reason it wasn’t released here yet.
Since Musk says Canada is next, it would be surprising if those government approvals aren’t already in place.
When do you think we’ll see the FSD beta in Canada? Let us know in the comments below.
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