Tesla’s FSD Beta is set to leave the Beta stage with version 12, according twitter retweet by Elon Musk.
For those who may be unfamiliar, the term “Beta” refers to software that is not yet in its optimal state and is intended to inform users of its current status. Elon Musk had previously explained that Tesla needed to accumulate at least 1 billion miles of road testing before the Beta designation could be removed. This was necessary to demonstrate to regulatory agencies that the safety of Autopilot, which was then the equivalent of FSD Beta, had significantly improved when compared to driving without it.
At present, FSD Beta has logged around 250 million miles of testing, and it remains unclear when it will reach the 1 billion mile threshold due to the inability to account for new optional and subscription users. Nonetheless, Tesla has demonstrated its unwavering commitment to safety through its progress with FSD Beta v11. Elon Musk himself has emphasized that safety is the top priority, even if it means putting comfort and efficiency on the back burner. Despite this strategy, FSD Beta has managed to attract 400,000 users in North America alone as of Q4 2022.
Interestingly, this focus on safety has indirectly helped to accelerate the adoption of Tesla’s insurance business. With FSD Beta v12 set to be the first globally scalable advanced driver assistance system, it seems likely that the Beta designation will also be removed from Autopilot and NOA.
If version 12 does indeed launch later this year, it will have been roughly three years since the Beta was first introduced to a select group of members of the public. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting development in the world of autonomous driving!