Tesla is now releasing FSD Beta 10.69.1 to additional testers

There's a new creep visualization in beta 10.69

Tesla has begun implementing FSD Beta v10.69.1 and will release it to a small number of testers in update 2022.20.10.

The update initially arrived on Monday evening for employees and started yesterday with testers who were on version 10.69. Last night and early this morning it has now started going out to some additional testers.

The first customer downloads started around 1:00 PM PT and went to some of the original 1,000 v10.69 beta testers. The update is expected to go to about 10,000 testers in the coming days.

Update 2022.20.10

FSD 10.69.1

Last updated: Aug 31, 8:00 am

Most beta testers in the US and Canada will not receive 10.69.1 and will instead receive the next version, beta 10.69.2, which is expected to be released to everyone next week.

Tesla has also reset FSD attacks with the 10.69.1 update: “We’ve reset the ‘Force Autopilot Disengagements’ counter on your vehicle to 0.”

Tesla has also updated the FSD Beta to the 2022.20 code base, giving testers some of the new features included in recent releases for non-beta testers, such as the improvement of the seat belt system, which Tesla describes as “the most advanced seat belt pre-tensioner performance in a frontal impact.”

Tesla resets full self-driving strikes

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said earlier this week that Tesla could reset all self-driving traffic strikes this week.

With the release of FSD Beta 10.69.1, Tesla has done just that.

Full Self-Driving users must adhere to a strict safety regime that Tesla has put in place to remain in the program. Currently, Tesla allows three or five strikes, depending on whether you have a vehicle with a cabin camera.

It’s been nearly nine months since Tesla last reset FSD Beta. Tesla last reset them with version 10.8.1, which was released in January this year.

A strike is issued if the system detects that the driver is not paying attention. For example, a driver may get a warning for being distracted, not looking at the road, looking at the screen for too long or looking at his phone while the car is mobile.

Tesla FSD Beta tester and Twitter user @jonbbc asked Musk if a reset of the strikes could be issued so he can share Tesla’s progress on FSD with drivers in his Uber.

“Tesla #FSDBeta has changed my life,” he writes. “I have waited 2.5 years. before I could use it. My mission is to spread the word about FSD to everyone in Chicago through future Uber drives. This requires a strike reset!”

Musk responded with, “Hopefully this week.”

Many Tesla owners have spent more than thousands of dollars to use FSD, but they are stuck with Tesla’s annoying safety score. It is not yet known if Tesla will increase the number of testers with beta 10.69.2, but Tesla remains committed to rolling out FSD Beta to everyone in North America by the end of the year.

Tesla rolled out beta 10.69 last week and owners who have been suspended have been looking forward to this reset of the alert so they can run beta 10.69.1 or 10.69.2 through the wringer when it becomes available.

FSD Beta 10.69.1 began rolling out to employees last night and is now shipping to the 1,000 owners who will soon have beta 10.69.

A wider release is expected to hit an additional 10,000 beta testers on Wednesday or Thursday, with 10.69.2 going to all beta testers sometime next week.

FSD Beta 10.69.1 is largely a bug fix release, but Tesla has merged the 2022.20 update features, so testers updating from beta 10.12.2 will receive all features in the 2022.16 updates and the 2022.20 updates.

Tesla is expected to move the Model 3 and Model Y to a steering wheel with touch-sensitive buttons

According to Twitter user @ChrisZheng001affiliated with the Tesla supply chain in China, the Model 3 and Model Y will receive new steering wheel for the 2023 model year.

The new steering wheel will presumably follow what has already been done with the new Model S; replacing the steering levers with touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheel.

In a Model 3 or Model Y, the left-hand steering lever is primarily used for the vehicle’s turn signals, but it can also be used to activate or flash the car’s high beams. The button at the end of the lever raises the wiper controls and wipes the windshield once.

The right lever is used to shift gears, engage Autopilot, and place the vehicle in park. The button can also be used to engage the vehicle’s emergency brake by holding it in.

In the Model S, which is likely to mimic the Model 3 and Model Y, these features have been moved to the steering wheel and touchscreen.

The steering wheel will likely be similar to the one in the Model S. However, it will likely be round, as a major benefit of having a yoke steering wheel is to have a better view of the instrument panel.

The upcoming steering wheel may be the one seen in the new Tesla Semi photos.

Like the Model S, the touch-sensitive buttons wrap around the outside of the scroll wheels on the steering wheel.

On the left you have the turn signals and high beam buttons, while on the right you have buttons for the windshield wipers and voice commands. On the Model 3, clicking the right scroll wheel initiates a voice command, but on the Model S, it’s used to enable Autopilot.

There is also a button for the horn, but unlike previous versions of the Model S, the center of the steering wheel doubles as a horn.

Other functions previously available on the tiller levers, such as shifting, are moved to the center touchscreen.

Since the buttons and their designs are fixed, you cannot customize these buttons, nor can Tesla change them through software updates.

I would have liked to see small OLED screens for these buttons, similar to the Optimus keyboard with a small screen for each key. That would leave room for customization or change later, although it comes at a cost and adds complexity. Two things Tesla is trying hard to reduce.

Sonder keyboard with OLED screens

In the summer of 2021, Elon Musk said autoshift would be coming to all Tesla models, so Tesla may have been planning this change for a while.

It’s not clear if existing vehicles with tiller handles will also have the ability to swipe to shift gears, but it’s possible because Tesla could use the existing tiller levers as a backup solution if the touchscreen isn’t working.

The backup solution in the Model S and likely future Model 3s and Model Ys are touch-sensitive gear buttons that appear below the cordless phone charger when the touchscreen becomes unresponsive.

This upcoming change may be unexpected, but it’s not surprising given that Tesla often tries to cut costs by simplifying designs and processes. Tesla also tries to reuse as many parts as possible in their models. Although the Model S and Model X use a different steering wheel, it appears that the Semi can use the same steering wheel as the Model 3 and Model Y.

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