Tesla crosses 35 million miles driven by fully self-driving beta, and it’s getting faster

Tesla has reported that its fleet of customers driving with its fully autonomous driving (FSD) trial has now exceeded 35 million miles driven, and the pace is growing.

The FSD Beta enables Tesla vehicles to drive autonomously to a destination entered into the vehicle’s navigation system, but the driver needs to remain alert and ready to take control at all times.

Because the responsibility lies with the driver and not the Tesla system, it’s still considered a level two driver assistance system despite its name, but it’s the closest thing to a self-driving car available to customers rather than in a closed fleet operated by companies like Waymo and Cruise.

As Tesla puts these vehicles into the hands of customers in fairly large numbers, it is gathering data at an astonishing pace.

As it releases its Q2 2022 financial results, Tesla shared some rare numbers showing that the FSD Beta has now driven more than 35 million miles and that the pace is picking up:

Tesla commented on the achievement and the data collected through this program:

As of the end of the second quarter of 2022, more than 100,000 Tesla drivers in North America had access to the FSD Beta. The cumulative miles our customers drive using supervised autonomy in City Streets continues to grow on an unprecedented scale. Fleet data is an important part of system optimization and expansion.

The automaker appears to be adding roughly 10 million miles of data each quarter at this point, and the number is expected to accelerate significantly in the coming months.

CEO Elon Musk said Tesla will soon release the FSD Beta v11, which will combine heaps of highway and city driving software to create a single beta FSD package. This alone should significantly increase the mileage on the FSD Beta.

The update is currently expected at the end of August, but Tesla has often been behind on FSD Beta software updates.

Furthermore, Tesla is also continuously expanding access to the FSD Beta to more Tesla drivers who have purchased an FSD package.

Musk recently said he expects Tesla to have 1 million people on the FSD Beta by the end of the year. However, it is believed that the number of Tesla owners buying an FSD package is not even close to that number, and therefore, it should be expected that the usefulness of the features will improve enough by the end of the year that more people will want to buy it.

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