Tesla’s Full Self Driving Beta has traveled 35 million miles – collecting a gigantic amount of data that will further improve its capabilities – with most of those miles having been driven in the past seven months.
‘We have now deployed our FSD Beta with City Streets driving capability to over 100,000 owners – they’re very happy with the capability of the system and we’ll continue to improve it every week,’ CEO Elon Musk said during Tesla’s earnings call this week.
‘We’ve now driven over 35 million miles with FSD Beta.’
Tesla revealed during its second quarter earnings call this week that Full Self Driving Beta has driven 35 million miles in total since it was launched, with most of those coming in the past seven months
Tesla plans to continue expanding FSD Beta to more owners in the coming months. Pictured above, an employee drives a Tesla Model S hands-free on a highway in Amsterdam
‘That’s more autonomous miles than any company we’re aware of, I think probably more than — it might be more than any — all other companies combined. So — and that mileage is growing exponentially.’
Alphabet’s Waymo, in contrast, revealed in August 2021 that its autonomous vehicles had driven 20 million miles since 2009 – a 12 year time frame.
The electric carmaker also shared figures that showed the cumulative miles were under 5 million from October 2020, when the first FSD Beta trials launched, to November 2021.
In the same way that the more people use Google Search, the better it performs, as more and more drivers use FSD Beta, the software will improve exponentially.
‘And we are expecting – sorry, our Giga Texas (pictured above) to exceed the 1,000 vehicle per week milestone, hopefully in the next few months,’ Musk said during the earnings call
A blog for Canadian Tesla drivers predicts that the company might hit 100 million cumulative miles by the end of this year.
The tech mogul also addressed concerns about the FSD Beta effort that were raised when Andrej Kaparthy announced he was leaving the company last week.
‘Well, since Andrej was writing all the code by himself, naturally, things have come to a grinding halt,’ Musk joked.
‘But we’ve got a team of about 120 people in our software AI group that are extremely talented. And I think we will have – I’m highly confident we will solve full self-driving and it still seems to be this year.
‘It does seem as though we are converging on solving full self-driving this year.’
During the earnings call, Musk shared updates on the company’s production goals, which have been challenged by Covid-related supply chain chaos.
‘We reduced body welding robot count by 70 percent per unit of capacity in Austin and Berlin,’ Musk explained. Pictured above is Gigafactory Texas
‘We achieved an important milestone of 1,000 cars a week in June,’ he said, referring to the firm’s factory in Berlin, Germany.
‘And we are expecting – sorry, our Giga Texas to exceed the 1,000 vehicle per week milestone, hopefully in the next few months.’
Tesla, which makes most of the parts for its vehicles in-house, is also turning its attention to ramping up its manufacturing process.
‘We’ve made a lot of advancements in manufacturing processes,’ Musk said on the earnings call. ‘As we now show in the shareholder deck, thanks to our – the large castings, we make the world’s largest castings.
‘We reduced body welding robot count by 70 percent per unit of capacity in Austin and Berlin.
‘So that’s, call it, roughly a body shop that is roughly 3 times smaller than would normally be the case.
‘And I should say it’s also lighter, cheaper and has superior noise vibration harshness. So, it’s good on every level.
‘But this journey is not over. We will bring another level of simplicity and manufacturing improvements with Cybertruck and future products that we are not quite ready to talk about now, but I think will be very exciting to unveil in the future.’
WHAT IS TESLA’S ‘GIGAFACTORY’?
Tesla’s latest Gigafactory in the United States is located in Austin, Texas near the Colorado River.
The factory’s name stems from ‘giga,’ a unit of measurement that represents billions.
One gigawatt hour is the equivalent of generating one billion watts for one hour — one million times that of one kilowatt hour.
The factory covers 2,500 acres with over 10 million square feet of factory floor and will be a manufacturing hub for Model Y and future home of Cybertruck.
That’s the equivalent to the entire world’s production in 2014.
New York City uses around 52 gigawatt hours of energy per year.
Tesla also operates extremely large factories in Nevada, New York, Berlin and Shanghai.