Tesla ‘Full Self-Driving’ beta has an ‘Assertive’ mode with rolling stops

Profiles are back in Tesla’s latest “Full Self-Driving” beta 10.3 with an “Assertive Mode” that can perform rolling stops and other border maneuvers, The Verge has reported. The update was originally released in October 2021 with three profiles (“Chill”, “Average”, and “Assertive”), but was withdrawn just two days later due to issues with traffic lights turning left, unexpected stopping, and more.

The latest update from yesterday shows that the Full Self-Driving (Beta) profiles are back. If you choose “Assertive,” the notes state that “in this profile, your Model X will have a shorter headway, change lanes more frequently, not leave passing lanes, and may perform rolling stops.” if @Digitalhen notes, the system can also perform rolling stops even in “Medium” mode.

In general, a rolling stop means a vehicle will not come to a complete stop at a stop sign (which is illegal and dangerous), but it is not yet clear whether FSD will do so. It’s also illegal in many states to stay in the left or pass-through lane if you’re not overtaking anyone, and of course, it’s never a good idea to follow the vehicle in front of you too closely. That said, the mode hasn’t been tested enough to show exactly how it does those things.

Over the weekend, CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla would raise the price of FSD from $10,000 to $12,000, even though it’s still in beta. As we’ve noted before, the name “Full Self-Driving” is misleading (much like Autopilot) because FSD doesn’t offer a true Level 4 self-driving car, just level 2 Advanced Driver Assistance.

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