A Tesla crosses California in total autonomy with the beta version of Full Self-Driving

Herve Mouyal

A journey of 615 kilometres with (almost) no intervention.

According to Teslarati, this would be the first video of such a long journey in total autonomy with a Tesla vehicle. At the YouTube Whole Mars Catalogue channel's controls, a Tesla Model 3 owner with the beta version of the FSD (Full Self-Driving) filmed his journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles in total autonomy. This is proof that Elon Musk's company has made a lot of progress in autonomous driving.


Tesla's Full Self-Driving platform seems to be progressing over the months. A recent video on YouTube reveals a Tesla Model 3 from San Francisco to Los Angeles without any human intervention. Well almost... Only one small intervention took place, just outside Los Angeles when the driver gets back behind the wheel to avoid big debris on the road. A remarkable feat but still far from Elon Musk's wildest dreams. In 2018, Tesla's founder confided in his idea of an autonomous car capable of travelling from Miami to San Diego. We are still a long way from that.

Even if imperfect, this experience highlights the potential of the technologies developed by Elon Musk with Tesla. Autonomous driving has always been one of his main objectives, and we are not far from it anymore. On the video, we can see how the Tesla Model 3 goes from the Full Self-Driving beta platform in downtown to the autopilot navigation on the highway. The behaviour of the vehicle is amazing. It's been exactly two months since Tesla began deploying its Full Self-Driving beta in a minimal way.

This Full Self-Driving platform seems to be well on its way to becoming the standard within a few years at Tesla. The legislation will then have to evolve. For the moment, it is not possible to drive anywhere with a self-drive vehicle. This is the case in California, a perfect playground for autonomous vehicle manufacturers. A well-known Tesla competitor in Waymo has even decided to build his own city to test his autonomous vehicles. A way to escape overly restrictive legislation.

A few details can make the difference: California's rather warm climate is ideal for LiDAR technologies. The challenge will be much greater in snowy environments. Indeed, other sensors may be needed to avoid collisions. But Scale AI researchers may have found a way around that: adding to existing databases to improve accuracy. Either way, it will be several months before Tesla's FSD platform is available worldwide.

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