Tesla is a leader in autonomous vehicles. The brand has quickly made a name for itself in the field.
According to Bloomberg, the company recently enacted its full self-driving feature to select Tesla owners. Not every vehicle has this feature, but for those that do, the drivers can become part of the beta testing program.
Not a new test
While a large number of average owners will now get to test FSD, testing has been going on for about a year. Employees of the company and a few hand-picked individuals have had access to it. By adding in a larger group, Tesla hopes to move one more step towards making it a standard feature anyone can get on their vehicle.
There are concerns as the testing begins. There have been some fatal accidents in autopilot Tesla vehicles that are still under investigation. In addition, FSD does not mean a driver can sit back and relax. It still requires attention and focus to operate the vehicle. Some people may not understand how it works, which could lead to more accidents.
Beta tester selection
CEO Elon Musk announced the company wants to add about 1,000 new beta testers each day into the program. The company will screen drivers before admitting them for safe driving. Drivers will get a score on a scale of 0 to 100. Drivers will receive access to the program based on this score. Higher scores mean a person is a safer driver and will get earlier access.
Tesla is sure to maintain a tight grip over the program. Ideally, the beta testing will help lead to the full release of the feature to the masses. In any case, testing in real-world situations is the only way to ensure FSD is ready to go mainstream.