Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk unveiled on Saturday that the 10.13 version of the Full Self Driving technology “is a big deal” and that “should be able to drive to a GPS point with zero map data”.
In the same tweet, Musk also confirmed that the 10.12.2 version of the beta program is now expanding to 100k cars. The U.S. automaker is ramping up the number of beta testers after having only a few thousand people in the third quarter of 2021.
“Also, FSD Beta 10.12.2 now expanding to 100k cars. 10.13 smooths out intersection control, especially long lefts, and starts to handle roads with no map data at all. Last point is a big deal. Within a few months, FSD should be able to drive to a GPS point with zero map data.”
Tesla’s FSD “actively guides the car from a highway’s on-ramp to off-ramp, including suggesting lane changes, navigating interchanges, automatically engaging the turn signal and taking the correct exit,” Tesla says.
Earlier this week, Elon Musk sent an e-mail to the executives of the company saying to pause all the worldwide hiring and planning to “cut staff by around 10%”. Wedbush analyst Dan Ives reacted on Twitter mentioning that Tesla is “trying to be ahead of a slower delivery ramp this year and preserve margins ahead of economic slowdown”.
Although, the analyst sees the U.S. automaker ramping bak as soon as next year: “Can ramp back up in 23 and pockets of spending in Austin and Berlin will still ramp aggressive we believe,” Ives said.