After Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) with radar attempted to conquer San Francisco’s Lombard Street last year, the company’s new camera-only FSD 9 beta is out, and it’s taken on the extremely windy road.
Whole Mars Catalog took Tesla’s camera-vision FSD beta 9 down San Francisco’s Lombard Street in the middle of the night, and for the first time, the semi-autonomous driving system has conquered the windy road – which also shows the true power of Tesla’s move to “Tesla Vision,” a radarless, camera-only system which was released over the weekend.
— Whole Mars Catalog (@WholeMarsBlog) July 11, 2021
While the drive tops out at a speed of just 3 mph, the drive down SF’s windiest road sees no human interventions, an impressive feat that had yet to be done before the post – despite having been attempted multiple times before the release of the FSD 9 beta.
The drive also takes place in the middle of the night, and while Lombard Street isn’t usually particularly busy, there are even fewer cars on the road than in daylight hours.
The update, which arrived for Tesla owners on July 10 in Tesla’s 2021.4.18.12 update, has already begun impressing users across the internet with its precision and ease-of-use, despite having been available for under a week.
As more and more drivers use the system, data collected from self-driving will also continually enhance the system, offering more real-world circumstances for the AI to understand and experience.