Tesla’s Full Self-Drive (FSD) semi-autonomous driving technology has caused a lot of ink to flow, highlighting Elon Musk’s bold ambitions for the future of transportation. The recent news is that Tesla is considering sharing this technology with other automakers.
Tesla’s Full Self-Drive (FSD) is an iconic feature of the brand, offering semi-autonomous driving to users of its vehicles. However, this feature is still in development, and Tesla is now considering sharing its technology with other automakers.
What is Full Self-Drive (FSD)?
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FSD falls somewhere between levels 2 and 3 of autonomous driving. To put it simply, the user sets his destination on the GPS, and the car goes there by itself. However, in certain situations where the conditions required for autonomous driving are not met, the car may ask the user to take over the wheel.
Tesla has high ambitions for the FSD, hoping it will enable Level 4 or 5 autonomous driving on consumer vehicles through software updates. However, to date, the company has yet to materialize these ambitions.
It is important to note that the FSD is different from the Autopilot option, which combines adaptive cruise control and a lane keeping function. While Autopilot is an already available option, FSD is still in beta stage in the US and not yet available to the general public.
The opening of Tesla to other manufacturers
At the Q2 2022 earnings call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said FSD could be transferred from one car to another, under certain conditions. Tesla is also open to licensing its self-driving tech to other automakers. This isn’t the first time Elon Musk has mentioned the possibility, but it’s the first time he’s announced preliminary talks with a major automaker to license its FSD.
Integrating Tesla’s self-driving technology into vehicles from other manufacturers would be a tall order. Indeed, this would require the integration of Tesla’s self-driving computer, as well as several cameras positioned around the vehicle at specific angles.
This potential partnership is in addition to other collaborations announced by Tesla this year. Indeed, Tesla recently announced that it would share its Superchargers with other automakers.
Additionally, Tesla’s in-house charging port will also be available for other electric car brands. In Europe, CCS remains the default port, but in the United States, the port NACS (North American Charging Standard) from Tesla has been adopted by Nissan, Ford, General Motors, Rivian, Volvo, Polestar, as well as Mercedes-Benz.
Tesla’s chargers account for about 60% of the total number of fast chargers in the United States, according to the US Department of Energy. We understand better why the NACS port has attracted so much car manufacturers.
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