Elon Musk said as a reply to an early Tesla FSD Beta 10.69 user who complained about the control issues. James Locke said that some basic control issues are there and that Tesla could be focusing on the “chuck” complex left. The reply to that from Musk came as a surprise, as the whole point of having limited release is said to be able to identify the problems early on.
FSD Beta enables Tesla vehicles to drive autonomously to a destination entered in the car’s navigation system, but the driver needs to remain vigilant and ready to take control at all times. Since the responsibility lies with the driver and not Tesla’s system, it is still considered a level two driver-assist system despite its name. It has been sort of a “two steps forward, one step back” type of program, as some updates, have seen regressions in terms of the driving capabilities.
Tesla has been frequently releasing new software updates to the FSD Beta program and adding more owners to it. The company now has around 100,000 owners in the program, and with more people in it, it is expected to have more data to train its neural nets. But those beta testers are also providing feedback for Tesla to directly improve on its system. In the latest update, the automaker even took direct feedback to attempt a specific left turn that an early tester has been attempting with FSD Beta.
The recent update
With the latest update (10.69), Tesla is only slowly rolling out the update to some of the early beta testers. CEO Elon Musk said it was out of extra caution due to several important code changes. One of those early beta testers took to Twitter to complain about FSD Beta still needing “lots of work on basic control” after the latest update, and Musk responded by asking him not to complain.
Unfortunately I have to say I'm still having to intervene to correct #FSDBeta 10.69 in my area. Still lots of work to go.
I know this is probably not a popular opinion but the focusing on the "Chuck" complex left is getting ahead of the needs of some more basic control issues.
— James Locke (@arctechinc) August 23, 2022
In the end, the tester ended up apologizing for the tweet. Which possibly not be required as feedback is necessary. All he was saying is that he didn’t understand the focus on a complex left turn when there are some basic controls that FSD beta seems to still be missing. Many influential Tesla FSD Beta testers are giant fans of Musk and interact with him through Twitter. They might be discouraged from posting negative feedback like that if Musk sees it as “complaining.” Or else, more negative comments could impact the company as a whole, if customers feel they are not taking part in the feedback process. Because that has been the case so far, customers were given the privilege to be part of the developments and Tesla’s progress.