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Watch Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta Work Wonders In A Slew Of Edge Cases

It’s dark, there’s traffic, pedestrians, double-parked cars, oncoming cars, you name it. Tesla FSD impresses here.

Warning. The embedded tweet below contains a word that’s NSFW. However, that certainly wasn’t enough to keep us from sharing this highly impressive Tesla Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta video. It’s one of many clips put together by beta tester Whole Mars Catalog (@WholeMarsBlog) to show the technologies ins and outs.

If you follow Whole Mars Catalog, you’re likely aware that he’s a huge Tesla fan and promoter. With that said, he has been clear that while Tesla’s FSD Beta semi-autonomous driving assistant has proven it can pilot with zero interventions in some cases, that’s not always the case. Beta testers must remain aware and engaged in case the system fails.

We’ll go back to our earlier suggestion that driving a Tesla with FSD is a bit like teaching a teen to drive for the first time. You’re in the passenger seat, paying close attention and ready to either yell, scream, or grab the steering wheel at a moment’s notice. You’re impressed when your teen tackles a difficult situation with ease, and then, a moment later, your teen makes a stupid move that practically gets you killed.

Whole Mars Catalog has shared many zero-intervention drives, but this recent one is far better than anything we’ve seen to date. Keep in mind, this is version 8.2 of the FSD system. According to Elon Musk, 8.3 will be exponentially better, and version 9 will allow Tesla to roll out the technology much more widely due to its vast improvements.

In the short video below, you’ll see the Tesla pilot itself in the dark, through busy city streets with crossing pedestrians, two-way stops, four-way stops, double-parked cars, oncoming traffic in the wrong lane, and much more.

It’s these types of edge cases that make self-driving so difficult. Sure, a car can be programmed to drive itself in select “geo-fenced” areas with set parameters. But, to just head out onto any road and hope for the best requires an extremely intelligent car. A car that “sees” everything around it and makes every effort to navigate safely avoid a potential collision.

While the system is far from perfect, it seems to be doing its job (with the help of the very alert beta testers). Musk points out that there have been no accidents thus far in the beta-testing process.

First, watch the short video. Then, let us know if you’re impressed. Is this the real deal? With incremental improvements, can Tesla prove that FSD will drive without interventions most of the time? All the time? Let us know your take on Tesla’s semi-autonomous technology.

Source: Whole Mars Catalog

This article originally appeared on Inside EVs.

HSV_GTS

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Very impressive. I love driving, but this looks like the car is making very competent decisions - in situations where most people don't love driving. I know others seem to be a tad dismissive, but when I was teaching my kids to drive, it was a long time into the process before they were let loose into those quite complex conditions. I am personally aware of several human drivers who would find the sensory overload of that environment... challenging. And then they get easily distracted by other stuff within the car.
 

Dan D.

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Yeah it's not even that busy..

Hard to call pedestrians crossing the street or parked cars edge cases.
From reading the comments on Twitter there are many people who view that drive as crazy. I imagine if all you drive are quiet country roads, small towns, and wide open highways it would seem intense. The sped-up effect and distracting music probably makes it look worse too for those types of people. If you drive major cities then this is 'normal'.

Perhaps that's a good use of an FSD vehicle, helping timid people survive driving in a metropolis.
 

JulienW

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While it is great to see FSD Beta progress the 2x speed tends to mask a lot of the unnatural hesitant and jerky moves that irritate/confuse others and make it look more dramatic than it is.

Again I'm genuinely impressed and intrigued with the dynamic progress of FSD Beta and I watch every one that shows up in my YouTube feed. I just don't see anything about this one that warrants its own thread or News article over the dozens of others released using 8.2.

Also I struggle to watch Whole Mars' FSD Beta videos because I very much dislike the generic techno music and the constant 2x speed and "monotone" style.

I think some of the best, most creative, well narated, situations and overall informative videos happen to be made by people who visit this forum.

A big shootout to:

Chazman92​

Frenchie​

DirtyTesla​

 
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cybergates

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I think it's pretty impressive overall. Yes the jerky movements of the steering wheel are anxiety provoking, AP1 didn't have these kind of jerky movements, if they can work on those even for current AP 2.0/2.5/3.0 it would certainly reduce anxiety.