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Here Are Eleven Situations Tesla's FSD Beta 9.0 Fails, Some Potentially Fatal

Tesla rolled out the Full Self Driving Beta software version 9.0 last Friday, and with the weekend at their disposal, people immediately did Elon Musk's bidding (and Tesla's job, if we're being honest) and went out to test it.
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The first batch of trials ended without any reported incidents but watching a few of the clips posted on the Internet (kindly put together by Twitter user Giuliano Giacaglia - @giacaglia), we can see there were a few instances where the driver's quick reactions saved the day. But that's the thing: people are bound to pay a lot more attention when testing the system, and considerably less when commuting back home after a long day at work.

After analyzing only a few videos out there - we count three, but we could be wrong - Giuliano identified eleven different instances where the vision-only system messed up, and at least one of them is seriously scary. You'll know it when you'll see it, but we will point it out, just in case. Better yet, we'll include a "Scare-o-meter" for each instance that uses a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest.

#1: FSD nearly crashes into some planters after taking a left turn. "Scare-o-meter" rating: we'll give this one a five, not because it was particularly dangerous, but because it sat lurking around the corner, so it kind of popped out of nowhere. #2: FSD fails to see massive concrete pillars in the middle of the road and veers toward them. Twice. "Scare-o-meter" rating: we know we said ten was the highest, but we'll give this one 12. Just look at how quick the driver's reactions needed to be and think of the potential consequences. #3: FSD thinks the Tesla is a bus and drives in a bus lane. "Scare-o-meter" rating: about one, though the other drivers might give it a higher grade considering how the car was swerving around like mad. #4: FSD attempts to drive on a one-way street. The wrong way, obviously. "Scare-o-meter" rating: since there was no car coming down the street, we'll give it a three. If there were, it would have scored a solid seven or eight. #5: FSD can't decide what lane to stay in for a right-hand turn and jumps from one to another. In fairness, it might have been put off by the car in front that sat right in the middle, but still, AI is supposed to be smarter than us, dumb human drivers. "Scare-o-meter" rating: one. It's mostly funny. #6: FSD wants to take the correct lane for a right turn too late. The driver says there was also another car behind that whose drive would have potentially perceived the maneuver as too aggressive. "Scare-o-meter" rating: we'll give it a five just because it happened at higher speed (50 mph). #7: FSD goes in one lane, then quickly tries to revert to the original one despite being an illegal maneuver, prompting the driver to intervene. "Scare-o-meter" rating: it's also a five, just because it was all over the place in heavy traffic. #8: FSD swerves a little to the right in preparation for a left-hand turn. Musk never said anything about the AI doing Scandinavian flicks. "Scare-o-meter" rating: we think it deserves a six just because it was such an abrupt maneuver and there was also a car nearby in the lane to the right. #9: FSD veers aggressively toward the cars parked on the left side of a two-lane one-way street after making a left turn. "Scare-o-meter" rating: eight. The AI seemed very determined to make contact with those cars. #10: FSD needs to cross multiple lanes for a left-hand turn and... it just can't. At the start of the clip the driver says, "take three", so this wasn't the AI's first time at this particular rodeo. To be fair, it's a pretty scary situation with three lanes of traffic to cross before having to merge. It's a bit like the old Frogger videogame. "Scare-o-meter" rating: a solid ten. And to make matters worse, the graphics on the display show the "intent vector" making a right turn, despite the navigational map saying a left turn is required. If that doesn't fill you with confidence, we don't know what will. #11: Finally, the FSD mistakenly reads a stop sign as a double stop sign. Oh, come on, that's harmless. Well, if there was a car behind that assumed the Tesla would just drive off after clearing the first (and only) stop sign, then it's not impossible to imagine the EV stopping for no apparent reason could have resulted in a collision. "Scare-o-meter" rating: we can't give it more than a one, even if it could have potentially led to a crash. If you made it this far, you probably deserve some sort of a conclusion. Well, the system still appears to be very jerky with confusing information displayed on the screen that would make any sane person switch it off and ask for a refund. Yet it also works for most of the time, and owners seem to tend to focus on that bit. However, some are just delusional. We've included one more clip showing the FSD navigating through some light fog. Unlike the previous clips, it's the actual footage that's relevant here, but what the driver says. He's talking about "within shooting distance of Level 5 autonomy." That's the kind of crazy, dangerous talk you don't want to hear from anyone with access to Tesla's FSD Beta 9.0.
Conclusion? Stay safe out there.
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