Tesla adds new driver assistance features to full self-driving beta


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San Francisco. Tesla has added new driver assistance features to its full self-driving (FSD) beta, where the electric car will ‘not exit the passing lane’ and ‘perform a rolling stop’ at traffic lights. It is still not entirely clear whether the cars will come to a full stop at the stop sign.

In many countries it is illegal to perform a rolling stop instead of a full stop at a traffic light.

According to a report in The Verge, Tesla’s FSD beta allows you to choose from three driving profiles – ‘Chill,’ ‘Average’ and ‘Assertive’ options.

The feature was included in the October 2021 version 10.3 update, which was pulled two days after it was rolled out due to a left-turning problem at a traffic light.

Tesla released an updated version a day later, which described the FSD profile to ‘control behaviors such as rolling stops, speed-based lane changes, following distance and yellow light headway’.

In the description below the ‘Assertive’ option, Tesla says the vehicle will “follow a shorter distance” and “make more frequent speed lane changes.”

The vehicle shall ‘not exit the passing lane’ and ‘may perform a rolling stop’.

In ‘chill’ mode, the vehicle will ‘have a large follow distance and make a low-speed lane change,’ while ‘average’ mode means the car will ‘have a moderate follow distance and may perform a rolling stop.’

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said the electric car company is increasing the price of its FSD software to $12,000 from January 17.

Tesla began testing the FSD in beta in October 2020, priced at $8,000. Later its price was increased to $10,000.

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