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Releasing driving assistance features as a 'beta'? What on earth does that mean here? Are the features ready to use or not? Do Tesla warrant that they work and are safe?

Maybe they expect drivers to treat it like beta software - "Please don't use these features in production cars. Make sure you keep backups of all drivers and passengers in case of bugs."

Since it had to go through regulatory approvals, I'd expect it's not 'beta' as in 'potentially unsafe'. It's more of: it may require you taking over more often than we'd like to.

> it may require you taking over more often than we'd like to.

That spells 'not ready for production and release on public roads'.

Response to both you and joosters: I think you're being too strict here. Who knows what the threshold is? Maybe it works 100% of the time on highways. Maybe has problems only when there are no lines on the street? It's not a completely unsupervised technology and is not advertised as such. You can't even legally treat it as such - you have to be prepared to take over at any point.

Compare it to the regular cruise control, already present in production for years. Would you say cruise control is not ready for production or release on public roads? It's a tiny subset of what Tesla's update does. (and it doesn't even tell you when you need to take over)

Driving a car is different from 'taking over', if you drive a car you are alert because you are controlling the vehicle, being prepared to 'take over' is like having to wait for something out of the ordinary to happen and people are notoriously bad at such tasks. Their attention will be sharp for a little while and then drop off to levels where if something requiring intervention does happen they likely will have very little situational awareness, whereas if the same situation would happen when they were driving the car themselves they would likely be able to respond adequately because they were already processing all the relevant bits of information and would have accurate situational awareness.

If you're required to be ready to intervene that's about the worst possible way to introduce automated driving. And more to the point: the better the implementation the longer between 'interventions' the more likely that such an intervention will not be useful at all.

Maybe the feature is not really a beta, but Tesla is trying to get the public and regulators to accept the idea of a beta-feature-OTA-update to a car.

I'd be happier with just the adaptive speed and letting me steer... that may just be instinctive, as I don't like having to fiddle with the speed, but steering can be very instinctive.

I'd put 'having to unexpectedly take over driving' into the 'potentially unsafe' category.

The systems might be overly conservative now. Eg refuse to take over half the time.

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