Jimmy Carr talks about when he crashed a £100k Tesla
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In the week when Elon Musk announced Tesla’s new Full Self Driving (FSD) assistance package will go up in price 20 percent in the US to $12,000 (£9,000), the perils of snow have shown just what a challenge removing a driver from a car can be.
During a test of FSD Beta version 10.8 performed by youtuber ‘Iowa Tesla Guy’ in a Model Y, the car required human intervention less than ten seconds in.
The SUV then began to repeatedly pull too far over to the right of the snow-covered surface.
At the first junction the car struggled to stop, again requiring driver-intervention.
And after just a minute and a half of driving as the car began to fishtail, Iowa Tesla guy abandoned the test altogether.
He said: “It feels like the car is like a new puppy that’s seen snow for the first time.
“It doesn’t know how to handle it.
“FSD in the snow, when it’s actively snowing and the roads aren’t great, kind of as you might expect, doesn’t work that great.”
He then called an abrupt end to the video less than three minutes in.
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It isn’t known exactly why the technology suffers so badly in snow, however the lack of grip and inability to see road markings are likely to be factors.
Other Tesla youtubers echoed the findings, calling for a failsafe to be installed to automatically disable FSD when the car sees snow.
Important sensors on cars can also be blocked by snow and ice.
And the ability to detect pedestrians can be hampered by blizzard conditions and extra layers of clothing.
Earlier this week Elon Musk tweeted that the cost of FSD would be going up, saying:
“Tesla FSD price rising to $12k on Jan 17. Just in the US. FSD price will rise as we get closer to FSD production code release.”
The package also requires owners to pay a subscription fee of around £150, which Musk said would also be increasing.
Tesla hasn’t released figures to illustrate how many buyers choose the add-on.
Full self-driving comes with a host of features not included with Tesla’s standard automatic driving assistance package.
They include automatic lane changes, stop light recognition and ‘smart summon’ which allows the owner to get the car to pick them up using a smartphone.
Only drivers who pass a ‘safety test’ from Tesla are currently given access to the latest Beta versions of the tech.
Once they do they can enable features like ‘autosteer on city streets’ which will automatically drive around town centres avoiding obstacles.
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