Tesla first began testing its Full Self-Driving software in 2020 and gave select owners the option to upgrade to the service, and now we’ve learned those vehicles have clocked up over 35 million miles in less than two years. Additionally, this data has given CEO Elon Musk confidence that the company “can solve full autonomous driving this year.”
This week, during Tesla’s second-quarter 2022 financial report, the company shared this information for the first time. Details on how many people are using FSD and the hopes of current and future owners that a self-driving Tesla could be here sooner or later.
“We have now rolled out our City Streets driving FSD beta to over 100,000 owners. They are very happy with the performance of the system and we will continue to improve it every week. We have now driven over 35 million miles on FSD Beta.” – Elon Musk
Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” software is currently considered Level 2 in autonomous driving. Because a driver still has to pay close attention and be ready to take over the steering wheel at any time. For example, Waymo and Cruise self-driving taxis are Level 4 and have no human driver.
Tesla raised the price of its self-driving software to $12,000 earlier this year, and we’re hearing that another price increase is imminent. Musk believes FSD will be Tesla’s strongest competitive advantage over its peers, and has previously mentioned that given its future potential, it’s still a steal at this price point.
The outspoken CEO previously said the company will relax security restrictions on the Full Self-Driving Beta and hopes to have over a million participants by the end of 2022. We’re not sure how it’s going to get so many more users unless its feature set improves significantly in the coming months.
However, he now says this data could help the company solve the full self-driving problem this year. Here’s another quote from the earnings call:
“I am very confident that we will solve the problem of fully autonomous driving and it seems that we will do so this year. I know people say, ‘That’s what he says.’ But it seems epic. It looks like we are getting closer to fully autonomous driving this year.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard such a bold claim from Elon Musk. On the other hand, it looks like the FSD program only recently started providing the data Tesla needs. While we’re still skeptical that FSD will be here anytime soon, things are certainly heading in the right direction.
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