AUSTIN, Texas: Elon Musk has announced that Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Beta software is now available in North America.
The electric vehicle (EV) automaker is waiting for regulatory approval for its cars to be driven without a human driver.
Last month, Musk said Tesla’s advanced driver assistant software would not gain regulatory approval in 2022.
On Twitter, Musk wrote, “Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta is now available to anyone in North America who requests it from the car screen, assuming you have bought this option.”
To show regulators that the technology is much safer than the average human driver, Musk aims to release an update to Full Self Driving in 2023.
Complementing its standard “Autopilot” feature, which enables cars to steer, accelerate and brake within their lanes without driver intervention, the Silicon Valley automaker sells a $15,000 FSD software add-on that allows its vehicles to change lanes and park autonomously.
In October, Reuters reported that Tesla, criticized for testing its unproven tech on public roads, is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice over claims that its EVs can drive themselves.