Some fascinating behaviors from the advanced driver-assist system were revealed in recent videos of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving beta in motion. The videos showed FSD performing some almost-characteristically-human driving tricks while moving around tight spaces, such as momentarily folding the side mirrors.
The limited FSD beta user Whole Mars Catalog caught the side mirror trick of the driver-assist system. The Tesla owner ‘s Model 3 found itself between a big truck and a wall while navigating through a lane. The Model 3 immediately folded its side mirrors for a second without missing a beat to get extra clearance between itself and the moving truck. Shortly after the distance between the truck and the all-electric sedan was adequate, the mirrors folded out.
This capability will most likely be appreciated by Tesla drivers, particularly those who are still fairly new to driving. Maintaining pace and stability between a big truck and an unforgiving highway divider while being boxed undoubtedly ranks as one of the most frustrating challenges for new drivers. This is also true for urban road conditions, as it is also difficult for human drivers to negotiate narrow roads and parking spaces.
For the worldwide launch of Tesla’s driver-assist system, the Full Self-Driving beta’s ability to navigate narrow roads and tight spaces bodes well. Places such as residential areas of the UK, the inner-city streets of Hong Kong, and future markets such as India appear to have narrower roads than the United States, so it would be invaluable to have an FSD system that can handle the difficulties of driving in tight spaces.
Apart from the ability of the FSD beta to fold its side mirrors automatically in small spaces, the obstacle avoidance capabilities of the system were also impressive. FSD beta was able to identify and avoid a series of obstacles that varied in size in a string of tests performed by Model 3 owner Tesla Raj. The driver-assist system worked admirably, slowing down smoothly and evading sudden obstacles on the road to avoid crashing into objects blocking its way.
At its current state, Tesla’s Full Self-Driving beta is far from flawless, but the potential for the device to eventually become on par with professional human drivers is obvious when looking at recent videos posted online. With time and practice, Tesla’s FSD beta can get better. As such, it may not be too long before the autonomous Robotaxis vision of Elon Musk becomes realized.
Check out Whole Mars Catalog and Tesla Raj’s recent FSD beta videos below.
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