The video, spotted by Teslarati, was accelerated to squeeze the 380-mile flight into 15 minutes of footage, although the vehicle’s driving decisions were still easy to see.
Tesla launched a limited edition FSD beta in late October 2020, although the electric car company said the feature required extra caution from the driver, warning them not to keep their hands on the steering wheel and their eyes on the road while the vehicle was in motion.
The only apparent interference occurred during the SF-to-LA flight when the vehicle approached some debris in the road.
The presenter said that the debris “appeared suddenly after a car drove off the road,” adding, “I couldn’t wait to see if FSD would avoid it and I have to make sure I move myself.”
He said that his car “exhibited strange behavior at some point and changed to the adjacent lane,” adding that although he might have intervened, he was watching the situation closely and felt it was safe to continue uncontrolled.
WMC admits that although “the drive was not perfect … it was so cool that I had to share it anyway. Self-driving vehicles allow you to simply sit back and relax.”
FSD offers additional features to help the driver view current Tesla automated usage. For example, it allows you to automate navigation, change lanes automatically, stop automatically, steer your vehicle or exit from a confined space, through a command issued by a mobile app or key, recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs, and independently navigate the streets City.
Earlier, Elon Musk’s president had confirmed that, through his own experience using FSD, he was able to “go through a very complex series of intersections and narrow roads, without touching any of the controls. All the way to work and back.”