Assertive Full Self-Driving Beta: Navigating the Urban Jungle with Tesla’s Latest Update
What’s going on, everybody? It’s Daniel Aharonoff here, and today I’m going to share my experience with Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta version 11.3.4. We’re going to test the capabilities of the car while navigating through a bustling city environment. In particular, we’ll explore the “assertive” setting and see how it performs in various traffic situations, pedestrian interactions, and the occasional construction zone.
Assertive Driving: More Than Just Lane Changes and Following Distance
Tesla’s FSD Beta allows users to select different driving modes such as “chill,” “average,” and “assertive.” The assertive setting is supposed to influence lane changes and following distance, but I wanted to see if it also impacts other aspects of the car’s behavior, like acceleration and taking off. Surprisingly, the assertive setting did seem to have an effect on how the car approached some maneuvers, but there were still instances where it hesitated or didn’t feel as assertive as I would have liked.
Handling Pedestrians and Traffic Situations
One thing I noticed with version 11 is that the car’s pedestrian awareness has significantly improved. It’s able to detect and respond to pedestrians more consistently and safely than in previous versions. However, there were still some situations where the car was overly cautious and took longer than necessary to make a move.
In one instance, the car needed to be more assertive to get through a busy intersection. Although it was cautious, its behavior was appropriate given the number of pedestrians and cars in the area. I felt conflicted about the car’s cautious approach because, on one hand, I want to prioritize safety, but on the other hand, I understand that other drivers may be impatient in these situations.
Construction Zones: A Work in Progress
Construction zones continue to be a challenge for Tesla’s FSD Beta. In my experience, the car had a difficult time navigating through temporary lanes and often required manual intervention to get through these areas safely. It’s clear that more work needs to be done to improve FSD’s performance in construction zones.
No Turn on Red: A Surprising Improvement
During my test drive, I encountered several “no turn on red” signs, and to my surprise, the car correctly followed the rules in all three cases. This is a significant improvement from previous versions of FSD, where the car often didn’t recognize or obey these signs.
Overall, Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Beta version 11.3.4 showed promise in navigating a busy urban environment, especially when it comes to pedestrian awareness and handling traffic situations. The assertive setting seemed to have some impact on the car’s driving behavior, but there’s still room for improvement. Construction zones remain a challenge, but improvements in recognizing “no turn on red” signs are encouraging. As Tesla continues to refine and update its FSD software, we can expect to see even better performance in future versions.