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Tesla to Extend FSD Beta to Security Scores Above 80 with 10.69.2.1

Tesla expands its FSD Beta program with beta 10.69.2.1

Elon Musk says an FSD Beta update with “additional polish” will be released in a few days.

Musk took to Twitter to announce that “10.69.2.1 [is] will come out in a few days with additional polish. 10.69.3 is released shortly after AI Day.

Additionally, Tesla will expand its beta program to additional users who have achieved a security score of 80 or higher once version 10.69.2.1 is released.

FSD Beta 10.69.2.1 comes about a week after 10.69.2 was rolled out to its 100,000 beta testers. Musk didn’t say how soon after the update Tesla will roll it out to additional testers, but it could be within the next two weeks.

Version 10.69.3, according to Musk, will be released “soon after” AI Day, but it’s unclear what improvements it will bring.

Tesla’s second AI Day is scheduled for September 30 and will feature “many exciting updates,” according to Musk. During the event, the automaker is expected to share details on the full self-driving beta, its new self-driving chip and Dojo supercomputer, and hopefully updates on its Robotaxi program and FSD HW4.

Tesla may also be talking about its recent work on integrating Steam games into its vehicles.

Finally, and perhaps the most exciting part, Tesla is expected to show off a working prototype of its Tesla robot known as Optimus.

You can watch Tesla’s first AI Day event from last year below.

Tesla looks set to add high-resolution radar to its vehicles

An unidentified part has appeared on Tesla’s parts catalog and the internet is confused. Twitter user and popular Tesla hacker, @greentheonly spotted the article on a diagram.

This mysterious item is marked, but it is suspicious that it does not receive a name, part number or description. However, given his experience with the inner workings of these vehicles, Green believes this is a new Tesla radar. In a follow-up tweethe doubled down on his position, saying the piece matches Tesla’s high-resolution radar registered with the US Federal Communications Commission in June.

This latest twist has left hundreds of Reddit users on Tesla’s unofficial community scratching their heads. The most voted comment is from iphoneman321, who posted: Radar is dead, long live radar.

A year ago, Tesla announced it was switching to Tesla Vision, which is camera-based technology without the assistance of radar or perhaps interference. The support section of Tesla’s webpage reads: Beginning with May 2021 deliveries, Model 3 and Model Y vehicles built for the North American market will no longer be equipped with radar. Instead, they will be the first Tesla vehicles to rely on camera vision and neural network processing to provide Autopilot, Enhanced Autopilot, fully autonomous driving and some active safety features.

Elon Musk clearly prefers cameras to collect data to maneuver the vehicle, not radar. In April 2021, he replied to a tweet of @WholeMarsBlog which questioned the removal of the radar. He said: Can you tell us more about your thinking behind the pure vision approach? Many people claiming that the absence of radar is a step backwards. Why did you decide it was best not to use it? Musk replied: When radar and vision disagree, which do you believe? Vision has a lot more accuracy, so doubling vision is better than sensor fusion.

But in an interview with Electrek later that year, he left the door open to bring the radar back to Tesla. Electrek quoted Musk as saying, “Very high resolution radar would be better than pure vision, but such radar doesn’t exist. I mean vision with high resolution radar would be better than pure vision. ”

Musk reiterated this comment in February via Twitter: Only very high resolution radar is relevant.

The second part of Tesla’s AI Day will take place on September 30, and Musk promised “many exciting updates.” He also said Tesla’s work on full self-driving has been groundbreaking in artificial intelligence. Therefore, it is conceivable that the CEO will present a new high-resolution radar to the world on the upcoming AI Day.

Joe mode reduces the sound of vehicle chimes

In 2019, Tesla introduced Joe Mode, a volume setting that helps ensure passengers sleeping in the back seats aren’t disturbed by vehicle chimes and alerts. This volume setting is handy for those with young children who may be sleeping and might be disturbed by loud noises.

In a recent tweet, Elon Musk said that Tesla could make the Joe Mode volume setting even quieter. Elon responded to a tweet from Tesla Silicon Valley owners, in which they asked if Joe Mode alerts could be made quieter.

Joe Mode is a feature that ensures rear seat passengers (especially children) are not disturbed in their sleep by reducing the volume of sounds by 50%. Joe Mode reduces the volume of turn signals, ultrasonic sensors and autopilot chimes to minimize disturbance, while maintaining an effective alert volume for the driver. Since this feature was introduced with the V10 software update, Tesla owners have repeatedly shared requests in the past to make Joe Mode even quieter.

For many owners, car alerts and chimes are still loud enough to disturb or wake children, even with Joe Mode on. The interior of a Tesla is already pretty quiet, so any loud sound like Autopilot/TACC chimes can sound even louder and easily wake someone up. To enable Joe Mode, tap Controls > Safety & Security > Joe Mode.

The Joe Mode feature is named after a guy named Joe, who asked Elon Musk if Tesla could reduce the Autopilot chimes in the vehicle because they kept waking his baby.

Tesla listened to Joe and added the feature through a software update. Tesla paid homage to Joe by naming the feature “Joe Mode”.

Back in 2020 Owners of Tesla Silicon Valley asked Elon Musk on Twitter if Tesla could add a volume slider to Joe Mode so owners can set their own preferred volume.

At the time Elon Musk answered “Yes,” but it’s now been a few years since that interaction, so it’s unclear if Tesla still plans to add a volume slider to Joe Mode, or just lower its volume.

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