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Tesla delays full deployment of autonomous driving over last-minute concerns

Highly anticipated: Tesla’s latest release of its Fully Autonomous Driving Beta (FSD) 10.2 software has been both eagerly awaited and highly reviewed by owners, investors and regulators such as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Originally slated for an October 8 release to eligible Tesla owners, a delay in the deployment of the FSD was announced early on Saturday. The tweet, posted by Musk himself, pushed the post back to “either Sunday or Monday”. No further updates to the release schedule have been provided at this time.

Thousands of Tesla owners were disappointed on Saturday following a tweet from CEO Elon Musk. He cited last-minute concerns that would delay Tesla’s FSD Beta 10.2 rollout until at least Sunday or Monday. The latest version of the autopilot capability was originally slated for a limited audience starting October 8.

Over 1,000 Tesla owners with safety scores of 100 were scheduled to receive the software update; An additional 100-200 owners with security scores of 99 were also due to receive the release after deployments to the initial group were completed. The delay comes on the heels of the 10.1 beta, which Musk previously said was deferred to align with the new version 10.2.

NTSB security officials have been skeptical about the expected timing of FSD’s release, previously saying Musk and Tesla should first address identified security gaps related to FSD technology. The NTSB statements add to the already ongoing review and investigations released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) following several Tesla driver assistance-related crashes.

FSD has been in development, testing and refinement for several years. Tesla owners who opted for the program have agreed to both monitor their driving habits and sign Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) issued by Tesla. These NDAs are designed to prevent program participants from posting videos and information reporting FSD vulnerabilities.

Despite its name, the FSD is not intended to entirely replace driver responsibility and should not be viewed as a hands-off autopilot setting. Previous articles have quoted Musk reminding users that FSD is not a substitute for awareness, urging them to exercise proper security and telling them to “… be paranoid.”

Given the potential for crashes that can yield catastrophic results, it’s hard to fault Musk for constantly monitoring version status and delaying deadlines for technical and security reasons rather than pushing unfinished features only. to meet the deadlines imposed by customers and investors.

Image credit: Vlad Tchompalov’s red car; Autopilot by Roberto Nickson

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