Tesla is reiterating its Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta software builds fast after making it available to a wider user base. On Saturday, the automaker released the latest version of FSD Beta v11.3.6 (2022.45.15).
This new FSD Beta version 11.3.6 does not have new release notes which suggest that this release comes out as subtle improvements and bug fixes to the codebase.
In our coverage of the previous FSD Beta version 11.3.4, we observed a lot of improvements but in multiple areas, testers felt that Autopilot functionality has regressed.
Since it has been a few days since FSD Beta 11.3.6 was rolled out, beta testers have given it a good try (review videos below).
According to Tesla firmware tracking websites TeslaFi and TeslaScope, a big wave of new beta testers is getting added to FSD Beta v11.3.6. As of this writing, a total of more than 3,300 Tesla cars were shifted v11.3.6.
FSD Beta v11.3.5 (2022.45.14) is the least populated version as it was for Tesla vehicles without ultrasonic sensors only. However, a majority of these users have already updated to the latest v11.3.6 (2022.45.15).
An FSD Beta tester Jim Spencer found a nice improvement in v11.3.4 while testing. As he was cruising a highway in Iowa and was passing a semi-truck, he observed that his Tesla Model Y slid to the other side to create a safe distance between it and the truck.
Before V11, Autopilot used to keep the car tightly centered in the lane when passing a large vehicle on the highway. Tesla has certainly improved safety measures in the latest iterations of FSD Beta. Let’s watch how this Tesla vehicle maintained a safe distance from the large semi-truck while cruising the highway on FSD Beta v11.3.4.
In another instance, my friend & follower Gail Alfar was driving her Tesla on the latest FSD Beta version 11.3.6 in Austin, TX when her car automatically avoided an otherwise life-threatening accident. A similar incident took place last month when Autopilot swerved a Tesla to avoid a free-rolling tire on a highway.
Gail credits her safety to the Tesla safety and Autopilot teams and of course, the leader of the company Elon Musk whose ideology fuels these developments.
Chuck Cook: Unprotected Left Turns on FSD Beta v11.3.6
Chuck Cook’s unprotected left turn (UPL) in Jacksonville, Florida has been a challenge for Autopilot FSD Beta for a while. As soon as Chuck received the update on Saturday night, he went for a fresh new UPL test with the 11.3.6.
He crossed this difficult UPL on FSD Beta 11.3.6 multiple times in this 8-minute video. In most of the attempts, Autopilot took the turn very well.
But in a couple of attempts, Chuck’s car extended the wait time even when the gap was enough for the vehicle to approach the median or even take the full turn. According to Chuck Cook, this unnecessary wait at the creep limit is a new behavior in FSD Beta v11.3.6. Let’s watch the test.
Black Tesla: FSD Beta 11.3.6 First Impressions
Black Tesla is another FSD Beta tester who has been constantly updating us about the new versions via his YouTube channel. He just posted the latest first impressions video of v11.3.6.
At an unprotected left turn, Black had to flag the turn as the car was a little confused to take the turn although it was not a very difficult one as we saw above in Chuck’s video. This confusion was probably caused by a lady on the right with a baby stroller.
Black Tesla can flag such incidents with just a tap on the red flag appearing on his car’s center touchscreen. This flagging feature is only available to internal employee testers and early beta testers outside the company.
While crossing an interchange, a pickup truck was stopped at the right but Autopilot applied some aggressive braking perhaps in anticipation of what the truck might do. Tesla needs to improve on these types of scenarios.
Let’s watch how his Tesla Model S Plaid on FSD Beta v11.3.6 performed navigating the city streets.
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