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Tesla's HW4 Shines: Autonomous Drive Through San Francisco Streets

by EVBASEOperate October 12, 2023

Tesla's HW4 Shines: Autonomous Drive Through San Francisco Streets

In recent months, Tesla  has been making significant strides in developing its latest driver assistance system computer, known as Hardware 4.0 (HW4). While initial deliveries of vehicles equipped with HW4 lacked certain features, a recent incident has shed light on the progress being made. In a notable achievement, a Tesla vehicle running Full Self-Driving Beta 11.4.4 on HW4 autonomously completed a 19-minute drive through the bustling streets of San Francisco without any interventions. This accomplishment indicates that Tesla is diligently working to refine and enhance its autonomous driving capabilities.

Development Challenges


When Tesla started delivering vehicles with HW4 earlier this year, some functionalities were still a work in progress. Notably, visualizations, Traffic Aware Cruise Control (TACC), and Autopilot were not available on Teslas equipped with HW4. These limitations highlighted the ongoing development and testing of software for HW4, including the utilization of the vehicle's cameras.


Breakthrough Achievement


However, a recent breakthrough showcased the advancements made by Tesla's HW4 system. A Tesla enthusiast shared a video demonstrating Full Self-Driving Beta 11.4.4 on HW4 flawlessly navigating the busy streets of San Francisco for 19 minutes, without requiring any human intervention. The absence of takeovers during the drive indicates the system's improved capabilities and reliability.


Future Prospects


This incident provides an optimistic outlook for the future of Tesla's autonomous driving technology. The successful performance of HW4 in a challenging urban environment like San Francisco suggests that Tesla's ongoing efforts to enhance its driver assistance systems are yielding promising results. As Tesla continues to refine and optimize HW4, it is expected to offer even more advanced features and visualizations, providing drivers with a seamless and safe autonomous driving experience.

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