Tesla FSD v12 released: Tesla's hope to retain autonomous prowess

Tesla says that v12, its latest AI-backed software update, is trained on millions of video clips
The logo of Tesla is seen in Taipei, Taiwan August 11, 2017. — Reuters
The logo of Tesla is seen in Taipei, Taiwan August 11, 2017. — Reuters

Tesla has officially commenced the release of its FSD Beta v12 update to customers, aiming to fulfill its promises of self-driving capabilities.

The v12 software update from Tesla is anticipated to introduce what CEO Elon Musk has referred to as "end-to-end neural nets". The major distinction from previous FSD updates is that the vehicle's controls will now be managed by neural nets instead of being programmed by developers.

Designating the v12 as a "beta" update, the release notes stated, "FSD Beta v12 upgrades the city-streets driving stack to a single end-to-end neural network trained on millions of video clips, replacing over 300k lines of explicit C++ code."

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This suggests that the vehicle's behaviors will also be driven by AI, similar to its vision system, rather than being programmed by engineers. Tesla customers believe that v12 is the key to finally fulfilling Tesla's self-driving promises.

When Tesla initially introduced Full Self-Driving, it was presented as this approach, but it took the company years to shift to neural net-powered controls.

Initially utilised in Tesla's internal test fleet, the update is now being gradually rolled out to customers. Some early Tesla FSD Beta testers who are not Tesla employees have begun reporting the receipt of the Tesla FSD Beta v12 update.

Currently, it appears that Tesla is returning to a slow rollout, starting with its early FSD Beta testers, who are most familiar with the system and are also known to be less critical of Tesla.