Tesla rolls out FSD v12.4.1 update to selected external testers (attention monitoring, new features, first impression videos)

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As Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised last week, FSD (Supervised) v12.4.1 started rolling out to a select few non-employee beta testers on the weekend.

Since Tesla employees on the FSD (Supervised) testing team are not allowed to share any information regarding new software versions, the only way to get updates is the Tesla owners when they get the update.

With the release of the FSD v12.4.1, Tesla is deploying the update to experienced beta testers most from the original Early Access Program (EAP).

According to TeslaFi.com data, only 4 out of 20,034 contributing Tesla vehicles are currently on the FSD v12.4.1 (firmware version 2024.15.5) update. Interestingly the tracking data also shows that there are no pending installs which means Tesla is not distributing it to more Tesla owners as of this writing.

Luckily or intentionally, the few Tesla owners who received the FSD v12.4.1 update include some social media influencers and YouTubers as well. These external beta testers shared their first impressions of the promising update across platforms.

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Vision-Based Attention Monitoring is here

The biggest addition to the FSD (Supervised) v12.4.1 is the introduction of Vision-Based Attention Monitoring of the person sitting in the driver’s seat. The cabin camera of the vehicle keeps a constant check on the driver if he’s paying attention to the road or not.

Tesla detailed how this attention monitoring system works in the FSD 12.4.1 update’s official release notes. Now The automaker has also integrated a new Autopilot strikeout and suspension system with vision-based monitoring. This system is put in place to ensure maximum safety of the occupants, other vehicles, and vulnerable road users (VRUs) until the Full Self-Driving system reaches true Level 5 autonomy.

Screenshot: Tesla FSD (Supervised) v12.4.1 abandons Attention monitoring due to low illumination inside the vehicle’s passenger cabin.
Screenshot: Tesla FSD (Supervised) v12.4.1 abandons Attention monitoring due to low illumination inside the vehicle’s passenger cabin. Credit: Tesla Raj / X (formerly Twitter).

In addition to checking if the driver is actively looking at the road ahead, the FSD v12.4.1 attention monitoring function also looks for illumination in the cabin, if a person is wearing a hat or sunglasses, etc.

As we can see in the screenshot above, the Tesla Autopilot visualization is displaying a message on the screen saying “Attention monitoring unavailable — Low cabin illumination”. This issue is mostly related to older model Tesla cars which don’t have infrared LEDs installed with the cabin camera. The permanent solution to low cabin illumination is to get the camera setup upgraded to the new version.

Screenshot: Tesla FSD v12.4.1 Vision-Based Attention Monitoring abandoned because the driver is wearing a hat.
Screenshot: Tesla FSD v12.4.1 Vision-Based Attention Monitoring abandoned because the driver is wearing a hat. Credit: Courtesy of Tesla, Inc. (TSLA).
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A screenshot of FSD v12.4.1 as the Tesla vehicle abandons attention monitor because the human driver is wearing sunglasses.
A screenshot of FSD v12.4.1 as the Tesla vehicle abandons attention monitor because the human driver is wearing sunglasses. Credit: Chris / Black Tesla / YouTube.

So what happens when Vision-Based Attention Monitoring is disabled? The vehicle’s system falls back to the old steering wheel nags. The driver then needs to put his hands on the steering in order to keep using Autopilot/FSD.

Expanded Full Self-Driving Visualizations

Tesla has added expanded FSD visualizations in v12.4.1 (2024.15.5). If turned on, this setting expands the FSD visualizations to full screen on the center display screen.

This feature is now available under Controls > Autopilot labeled as ‘new’ (see screenshot below).

Screenshot: The new Expanded Full Self-Driving Visualization feature is now available in FSD v12.4.1.
Screenshot: The new Expanded Full Self-Driving Visualization feature is now available in FSD v12.4.1. Credit: Chris / Black Tesla / YouTube (video below).

First Impressions (FSD v12.4.1)

Chris from the Black Tesla YouTube channel received the FSD v12.4.1 update and posted his first impressions in a video and as a graph on X (Twitter). He drove 22 miles on FSD 12.4.1 mostly on unmarked roads. He encountered 2 disengagements and had to intervene once during the 22-mile trip.

“I ended up going 22 miles with 2 disengagements and 1 intervention, but the 1 intervention was on the highway, so not really V12,” Chris wrote in the video description (watch below).

He compared the interventions in a chart that shows his historical testing with previous versions and how many miles on average each version drove the vehicle before an intervention.

Graph showing Autopilot Disengagements and Interventions on average for each version from V8 to V12.4.1 by Chris/Black Tesla / YouTube / X (Twitter).
Graph showing Autopilot Disengagements and Interventions on average for each version from V8 to V12.4.1 by Chris/Black Tesla / YouTube / X (Twitter).
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Video: First impressions review of FSD v12.4.1 with Tesla’s Vision-Based Attention Monitoring and test drives.
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Video: A long drive in FSD 12.4.1 in Chicago.

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Iqtidar Ali
Iqtidar Alihttp://www.teslaoracle.com
Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on XAutoWorld.com, many of his articles have been republished on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the Social Media sphere. You can reach him on Twitter @IqtidarAlii

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