One piece of news from Tesla’s AI Day presentation on Friday that was overshadowed by the company’s humanoid “Optimus” robot and Dojo supercomputer was the improvements to Tesla’s Full Self Driving software. According to Autopilot director Ashok Elluswamy, “there are now 160,000 customers running the beta software, compared to 2,000 from this time last year,” reports The Verge. From the report: In total, Tesla says there have been 35 software releases of FSD. In a Q&A at the end of the presentation, Musk made another prediction — he’s made a few before — that the technology would be ready for a worldwide rollout by the end of this year but acknowledged the regulatory and testing hurdles that remained before that happens. Afterward, Tesla’s tech lead for Autopilot motion planning, Paril Jain, showed how FSD has improved in specific interactions and can make “human-like” decisions. For example, when a Tesla makes a left turn into an intersection, it can choose a trajectory that doesn’t make close calls with obstacles like people crossing the street.
It’s known that every Tesla can provide datasets to build the models that FSD uses, and according to Tesla’s engineering manager Phil Duan, now Tesla will start building and processing detailed 3D structures from that data. They said the cars are also improving decision-making in different environmental situations, like night, fog, and rain. Tesla trains the company’s AI software on its supercomputer, then feeds the results to customers’ vehicles via over-the-air software updates. To do this, it processes video feeds from Tesla’s fleet of over 1 million camera-equipped vehicles on the road today and has a simulator built in Unreal Engine that is used to improve Autopilot.
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