Tesla’s full self-driving beta is now available to everyone in North America, Musk says

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(Reuters) – Tesla Inc’s Full Self-Driving Beta software is now available to everyone in North America, Elon Musk said early Thursday, as the automaker awaits regulatory approval to allow its cars to run without human supervision.

“Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta is now available to anyone in North America who requests it through the car screen, assuming you purchased this option,” Musk tweeted.

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Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.

Musk said last month that Tesla’s advanced driver assistance software would not receive regulatory approval in 2022.

Musk hopes to provide an update to Full Self Driving (FSD) in 2023 to show regulators that the technology is much safer than the average human driver.

The Silicon Valley automaker is selling a $15,000 FSD software add-on that allows its vehicles to autonomously change lanes and park. This is in addition to the standard ‘Autopilot’ function, which allows cars to steer, accelerate and brake within their lanes without driver intervention.

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Tesla, which has been criticized for testing its unfinished technology on public roads, is also under investigation by the US Justice Department over claims that the company’s electric vehicles can drive themselves, Reuters reported in October.

(Reporting by Gokul Pisharody and Maria Ponnezhath in Bengaluru; editing by Kirsten Donovan)

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