December 4, 2022

The moment many Tesla owners have waited for has arrived: Full Self-Driving Beta is now available to anyone in North America who has requested it, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
Musk took to his newly acquired social media platform Twitter to announce the news.
“Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta is now available to anyone in North America who requests it from the car screen, assuming you have bought this option,” writes Musk. “Congrats to [the] Tesla Autopilot/AI team on achieving a major milestone!”
This historic moment comes just days after Tesla began rolling out its latest version of FSD Beta, version 10.69.3.1, which is version 2022.36.20. It includes feature updates like a revamped Energy App, alternate routes, blind spot camera location, and more.
Now, this version is going wide to “anyone in North America who requests it.”
To receive FSD Beta you’ll just need to request it in your vehicle under Controls > Autopilot. There is no longer a minimum safety score to achieve and everyone should receive the beta shortly after requesting it, as long as you’ve bought or subscribed to FSD Beta in the U.S. or Canada.
Tesla’s next FSD Beta, v11, which is still being tested internally may also be released to some external testers starting today. A few days ago Musk confirmed on Twitter that version 11 would be widened “before Thanksgiving.” FSD Beta v11 includes a unified tech stack for city and highway Autopilot use and is expected to go to a wide release sometime next month.
When it comes to FSD Beta updates, Tesla starts distributing to employees first for testing and going wider as they collect data and fix bugs. Then, based on a number of factors, Tesla broadens up distribution to more owners. However, this may soon change when FSD Beta gets incorporated into all Tesla software builds. This may happen with FSD Beta v11.
For owners new to FSD Beta, it’s surely a day a lot of us have been waiting for and a monumental moment for Tesla. However, it doesn’t stop there, it looks like we’ll soon all have access to the next big update, FSD Beta v11.
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As Tesla continues to send out the latest FSD Beta, 10.69.3.1, the next generation of Tesla’s FSD computer will be using chips manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC). Although you may be familiar with this company, there may be a product in your hand now that uses its technology. Apple is a significant customer of TSMC.
Tesla is reportedly dropping Samsung to go with TSMC for the next generation of the Full Self Driving computer. The current computer, Hardware 3, is already a major force. But there are reports that Tesla is preparing a Hardware 4 computer. It’s believed to be about three times faster than the current computer.
These TSMC chips are considered the most sophisticated available at 4-nanometer and 5-nanometer processes. They have increased speed and reduced power consumption compared to the previous 7-nanometer process.
A report published by the Taiwan Economic Daily and China’s IT House states (translation provided by Electrek): TSMC is receiving orders for vehicles, and it is reported that it has replaced Samsung and won a large order for Tesla’s new generation of fully automatic driver assistance (FSD) chips, which will be produced at 4/5 nanometers. Tesla is expected to become one of TSMC’s top seven customers next year. It is the first time that TSMC’s main customer has a pure electric car factory, which will help resist the impact of consumer electronics boom adjustments.
While TSMC, one of the largest semiconductor companies in the world, is no stranger to the high demand and popular products, this would be the first time it is supplying to an electric vehicle company. Samsung may have lost the chip deal, but it will still be a big part of Tesla’s future. In addition, Samsung is producing the advanced cameras that Tesla requires now that FSD relies on Vision only for its Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS).
Tesla used Nvidia hardware before switching to the Samsung chip in 2019. The launch of hardware 3.0 increased the frames processed by 21 times. But Elon Musk has stated a new chip has been in the works for years. FSD Version 11 is right around the corner, and it includes a single technology stack to support city and highway driving. So it seems the next big advance will be in the hardware.
Tesla’s Cybertruck is expected to be the first vehicle with Tesla’s latest FSD hardware, which will include higher-resolution cameras and a more powerful FSD computer.
Tesla revealed hardware 3.0 and its capabilities during its Autonomy day in 2019. Tesla may hold another event next year to show off the latest hardware.
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Tesla has filled the Loot Box back up in the app, which now contains Tesla’s revamped referral program. The reintroduction comes less than a month after Tesla launched a referral program in China called Treasure Box. We saw this coming in October when Tesla updated some localized strings in its iOS update.
Tesla’s updated referral program hands out credits instead of cash or prizes. The credits could then be used to purchase Tesla accessories such as vehicle chargers, t-shirts, shot glasses and other items you’d normally find in Tesla’s online shop.
Although the program has been relaunched in the U.S., it did not bring back vehicle referrals as expected. At this time you are still limited to referring friends and family to Tesla’s solar products.
Tesla put its vehicle referral program on hold in September of 2021. We expected Tesla to relaunch that program with its revamped loot box, but that hasn’t been the case. It’s not clear whether Tesla is going to bring back vehicle referrals at a later date.
Tesla will now list qualifying products in the Loot Box section of the app, under the Credits tab. In the U.S. qualifying products are currently limited to Tesla’s Solar Roof and Solar Panels. Given that Tesla lists qualifying products in a separate tab and has room for additional products could mean that Tesla plans to alter qualifying products over time or based on a user’s region. Tesla could also add or remove products based on demand.
Tesla’s statement on its website leaves the referral system open to all Tesla products, not just solar. It states: “Our goal is to help Tesla owners share their passion for Tesla’s products and our mission — to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. As an owner, every time you bring a new friend or family member into the Tesla community, you and your friend both earn credits — you earn Referral Credits and your friend earns Buyer Credits. You also earn Loyalty Credits when you purchase additional qualifying Tesla products, as a thank you for being a loyal Tesla owner.”
Here are some items available in the Loot Box:
Solar products earn 6,000 credits and accumulate in your Loot Box under one amount. However, the credits do expire after 12 months unless you add more credits to your account. Each time new credits are added the expiration cycle restarts, giving you one year to use the credits or add more.
Shirts and glasses don’t compare to the Roasters that were part of previous referral programs. However, that may indicate how far the company has come. There was once a time when convincing friends to buy Tesla products was so difficult that the company had to offer extravagant prizes. Now, it’s a much easier sales pitch, and a T-shirt will suffice.
To access, open your app and tap on your profile image in the top right corner. There you will find Loot Box near the bottom of the screen, and when you tap on it, there is a button to share your referral code.
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