The electric car industry titan’s announcement of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) Version 12, which is being billed as the most advanced version to date, has sparked interest once more in the product. The world of automobiles is rife with conjecture and more than a little bit of skepticism as a result of the enigmatic CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, dropping hints about its release “in about two weeks.”
The anticipation coincides with an intriguingly timed delivery event for the Tesla Cybertruck, which is scheduled to take place at the Gigafactory in Texas. This has sparked conversations about whether or not this electric pickup will make its debut with the FSD V12. Taking into account the claims and projections regarding performance that Tesla has made regarding this version, the integration in question would represent a significant milestone. However, there is still the question of whether or not it will live up to the lofty expectations that were set for it.
When it comes to timelines, Musk has a track record that, more often than not consists of optimistic forecasts rather than concrete deadlines. His “two weeks” could very well refer to some point in the indefinite future, but the timing of this seems to be more than a coincidence. However, given the historical patterns, it would be prudent to approach such predictions with caution.
The fact that FSD V12 went from being in “beta” to being a fully functional version raises some eyebrows. Tesla has referred to the FSD as a beta product ever since it was first introduced in late 2020. The company made this tactical choice in an effort to deflect criticism and legal issues related to the FSD’s performance. This beta label suggested a system that was undergoing continuous testing and development, which required the driver to remain vigilant. Musk has stated in the past that his vision of a system that is out of beta requires extensive experience driving in the real world. The threshold for this experience, according to Musk, is over one billion miles.
Tesla has had a difficult time getting to the point where its vehicles are truly capable of driving themselves. Musk has acknowledged that he has been overly optimistic in the past, but he has not wavered in his conviction that they are getting closer and closer to their goal. Musk reaffirmed his conviction about this topic while he was speaking at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai. Having said that, this self-assurance must be put to the test in actual situations.
A paradigm shift in Tesla’s approach to developing self-driving technology is presented by the FSD V12, which was demonstrated in a drive that was live-streamed. The system no longer makes use of conventional sensors such as radar and Lidar; rather, it is entirely reliant on cameras and artificial intelligence. Musk asserts that the move toward an AI and camera-based system will more closely mimic human driving behaviors than any other shift in the industry has seen. However, during the demonstration, Musk had to step in to prevent the vehicle from running a red light, which was a significant hiccup in an otherwise smooth presentation. This claim was somewhat undermined as a result of this incident.
The actions that Musk took during this test drive have also been criticized. Holding a smartphone while driving is against Tesla’s own safety recommendations and raises questions about how seriously Tesla takes the real-world application of its technology. The state of California has a law that prohibits drivers from using their hands to operate a motor vehicle.
The progression from FSD Beta version 11 to version 12 is worthy of note. According to Musk, the latter does not rely on pre-defined code for routine driving decisions such as coming to a complete stop at signs or slowing down for speed bumps. In its place, it takes in vast amounts of video data from Tesla vehicles all over the world in order to learn and adapt. This is in stark contrast to its predecessor, which contained 300,000 lines of C++ code.
Tesla’s FSD V12 is positioned at a crossroads of potential and proven technology as the electric car industry continues its rapid expansion. Although it represents a significant step forward in electric vehicle innovation, its application in the real world and reliability are still unknown at this time. It is possible that the upcoming Cybertruck event will shed more light on whether FSD V12 represents a revolutionary step forward in the development of self-driving technology or merely another stage in a never-ending journey riddled with obstacles and unmet expectations.