Tesla (TSLA) Releases FSD Beta 10.7; Improves 'Phantom Braking'

December 20, 2021 7:48 AM EST

Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) has started to release its new Full Self-Driving Beta software update 10.7. The update is designed to address a problem known a “Phantom Breaking”. Phantom braking is a term used to describe when an advanced driver-assist system or a self-driving system applies the brakes for no good reason. The company has seen an increase in complaints about this issue, as it has continued to illude the latest updates. Tesla also says that it improved the autonomous use of regenerative braking for smoother and more energy-efficient driving.

The Beta 10.7 technical release notes were leaked on Twitter as well as Reddit. A few of the updates include:

  • Improved object attributes network to reduce false cut-in slowdowns by 50% and lane assignment error by 19%.
  • Reduced false slowdowns for crossing objects by improved velocity estimates for objects at the end of visibility. Reduced false slowdowns by adding geometric checks to cross-validate lane assignment of objects.
  • Expanded use of regenerative braking in Autopilot down to 0mph for smoother stops and improved energy efficiency.
  • Improved photon-to-control vehicle response latency by 20% on average.

The update has now started to be pushed to the Beta fleet and it’s not clear if Tesla is expanding access to more people or just those with a ‘safety score‘ of 98 or above.

According to CEO Elon Musk on Twitter this weekend, the automaker might wait for 10.8, which is apparently going to be released as soon as Tuesday, along with a bigger ‘holiday update’ for the rest of the fleet.

By Michael Elkins | [email protected]

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