Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter on Wednesday that the electric car company's Full Self-Driving Beta update is being rolled out to a group of carefully chosen users.
The Beta update, a complete core rewrite of Tesla's Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) Package, "will be extremely slow and cautious, as it should,” Musk added in his tweet.
Since the rollout began, one user has already shared video footage of the new self-driving Beta in action, effusively writing "incredible work Tesla" alongside his videos.
Tesla's 'quantum leap' promise with Full Self-Driving
Back in August, Musk promised that the new update to the FSD package would be a "quantum leap, because it’s a fundamental architectural rewrite, not an incremental tweak."
At the time, Tesla said the update will allow its vehicles to see the world around them in four dimensions rather than in two, meaning that they would not only read their surroundings but would also make advanced predictions about the movement of other vehicles.
"I drive the bleeding edge alpha build in my car personally," Musk claimed on Twitter at the time. "Almost at zero interventions between home & work."
On Wednesday, Musk announced that the FSD Beta rollout would begin that same evening.
FSD beta rollout happening tonight. Will be extremely slow & cautious, as it should.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 20, 2020
The new update now allows Teslas to make automated turns on city streets and certainly seems much closer to delivering on the company's earlier promise of complete self-driving — though drivers must constantly monitor their systems.
It is worth noting that Tesla emphasized in the release notes for the update that it is "in early limited access Beta and must be used with additional caution. It may do the wrong thing at the worst time, so [drivers] must always keep [their] hands on the wheel."
The notes also added that "when Full Self-Driving is enabled your vehicle will make lane changes off-highway, select forks to follow your navigation route, navigate around other vehicles and objects, and make left and right turns."
The Beta rollout is "limited to a small number of people who are expert and careful drivers," Musk recently wrote in a separate tweet.
See the Full Self-Driving Beta update in action
In the short time since the Beta rollout commenced, one Tesla owner has already shared several videos of his car using the new FSD update on Twitter.
Here’s a look at the system from Twitter user @brandonee916, who has received and activated the update:
It’s real... this is part of the development UI and is BETA. pic.twitter.com/SmhCrftJcc— Brandonee916 (@brandonee916) October 22, 2020
As brandonee916 says in his series of tweets, "full intersection rendering on the DEV UI is incredible," adding that he had no interaction other than modifying his following distance.
The UI, which is also in its Beta phase, also now seems to show a lot more information about what is being picked up by the car's scanners.
Overly cautious at a roundabout... I didn’t have to interact until the end of the process. Not bad for the first attempt! Go FSD BETA! pic.twitter.com/3gPkztUWgY— Brandonee916 (@brandonee916) October 22, 2020
The driver also confirms that the FSD system was "overly cautious" as a roundabout, echoing what Elon Musk said in his tweet.
At one point, brandonee916 said he "turned on the signal, waited for the car and pedestrians... at night!" He followed this by saying, "incredible work Tesla!"