Tesla EVs With Hardware 4 Autopilot Computer Finally Got Access to FSD Beta Software

Earlier this year, Tesla launched the Hardware 4 Autopilot computer with the refreshed Model S and Model X. Soon, people discovered that FSD Beta software was unavailable on the new models, and Tesla Vision wouldn't work either. After over six months, Tesla finally rolled out FSD Beta V11.4.4 to Hardware-4 EVs with the 2023.32.4 software update.
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Last year, the world learned that Tesla was preparing a beefed-up Autopilot computer and a comprehensive sensor suite for its upcoming EVs. Many believed that the new parts would enter the market with the Cybertruck, but it wasn't so. In January 2023, Tesla certified the Model S and Model X in Europe with Hardware 4 Autopilot computer and sensors. Two months later, the first vehicles were delivered in the US with the new hardware.

As excited as they were at the news, owners were in for a big disappointment, as the new models were plagued with software problems. Tesla solved many of them with a speedy update, but some features relying on the car's sensors were unavailable. Cruise Control, Autopilot, Navigate on Autopilot, Autopark, and Summon were among them. The FSD Beta software was also unavailable for the refreshed models, which was a bummer for many who hoped HW4 would elevate things to a new level.

Although Tesla promised to revive these features with a software update as soon as possible, it was only in June that it brought back Vision Park Assist on HW4 vehicles. By then, the Model Y also started deliveries with Hardware 4 computer and sensors. The upgraded EVs were still unable to run FSD Beta, making a lot of people angry.

In July, Tesla announced that it would allow the one-time transfer of the FSD from an old Tesla to a new one as long as delivery was completed by the end of September. Those who took advantage of this offer discovered they had given up their FSD-enabled EVs for a car still incompatible with Tesla's self-driving software. Tesla's software team must've felt the heat because they sped up development and came up with the solution.

More than six months after the first Hardware 4 cars were delivered to their owners, Tesla finally released the FSD Beta software for them. The 2023.32.4 software update was released on September 10, but the number of installs only started to pick up on September 14, when hundreds of Tesla EVs were queuing to download the update. The new software version doesn't list new features compared to the 2023.32.1 update that preceded it, except for FSD Beta V11.4.4.

FSD Beta V11.4.4 is the latest available to the larger public, having been first shipped with the software update 2023.26.10 in August. There aren't that many Teslas running this version, but things will accelerate faster with the inclusion of the Hardware 4 vehicles. A select number of Beta testers are already rocking V11.4.7, delivered with the software update 2023.7.30. Expectations are high that these two branches will merge sooner or later, putting everyone on the same page.

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About the author: Cristian Agatie
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After his childhood dream of becoming a "tractor operator" didn't pan out, Cristian turned to journalism, first in print and later moving to online media. His top interests are electric vehicles and new energy solutions.
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