Hilariously Poor Tesla Full Self Driving Performance In Boston Highlights Its Weaknesses

Tesla seems to be in the news every single week for one reason or another. Sometimes it’s because they build products that are shockingly fast and other times it’s because they build products that are missing brake pads. Today, the news is that Full Self Driving looks like it’s a long long way from Level 4 autonomy when put through a torture test.

Taylor Ogan is the CEO of a hedge fund from Boston and a Tesla Model 3 owner. Recently, he’s been chronicling his experiences with the Model 3, and boy oh boy has he upset some folks. Back in July of 2021, he demonstrated how FSD Beta 9.1 wouldn’t come to a full stop at Stop signs (see the video at the end of this article). If that sounds a bit familiar it’s probably because the NHTSA just issued a recall about that specific issue.

Now, he’s ruffling feathers again with a new video of the Model 3 with what Taylor says is FSD Beta 10.9 trying to navigate some of the busiest streets in Boston, MA. Say what you will about his personal views of the platform or his background, the video he’s recorded and uploaded to Twitter is very clear. Full Self Driving has some major issues that need to be addressed.

Read: Tesla Recalling 54,000 Cars Because Full Sell Driving System Runs Stop Signs

In less than five total miles of driving we see the Model 3 do all of the following: drive into the oncoming lane twice, nearly t-bone a giant box truck, and make multiple erratic moves or turns. There’s no question that the average human driver would’ve never made the same active choices. In fact, if a police car had been behind another vehicle making such movements we could easily see a scenario where they’d be pulled over just so authorities could confirm that the driver was OK.

It should be noted that even Ogan is surprised by the car’s behavior as he says “I’m not seeing videos on it doing this.” With that in mind, we reached out to him for comment, and here’s what he told us:

“I use it on the highway a lot, and it’s really great. It’s still not good enough where I can take my eyes off the road for long stretches, but it’s great at maintaining its position in the lane, keeping the distance of the lead car, and merging into faster lanes.On urban roads, which is what this FSD Beta City Streets is, it is crazy.”

That sentiment seems to line up with previous reviews and videos that we’ve seen where it struggles with lots of traffic and congested roadways. We’ve seen FSD tackle pretty demanding roads including the notoriously dangerous Tail of the Dragon but those were free of parked cars on each side of the road and numerous intersections.

As far his experience with updates, Ogan told CarScoops it’s a mixed bag. “The improvements are like for speed bumps. Something like version x.6 didn’t slow down for speed bumps, but x.7 added that functionality and did slow for speed bumps. Or maybe a newer version takes turns a little smoother. Or maybe there are only four disengagements per drive on 10.9 vs. 16 disengagements per drive on version 9.3…”

Regardless of why this Model 3 or any Tesla has issues navigating with FSD or Autopilot, it’s a problem… and we’re glad that at least in this video, nobody was hurt.

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