A Tesla Model S self-drives through an urban street. (Photo: Flystock/Shutterstock) A Tesla Model S self-drives through an urban street. (Photo: Flystock/Shutterstock)

For the past year, around 2,000 Tesla employees and customers have been testing the carmaker’s Full Self-Driving beta software. Recently, CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla is launching an updated version of the software on Oct. 8, which will only be available to owners who purchased the Full Self-Driving (FSD) option.

Tesla has charged customers as much as $10,000 for the software and claims that the system will eventually handle both long- and short-distance trips without a driver intervening with the system. According to Tesla’s website, a few of FSD’s capabilities include autopark, smart summon, traffic and stop sign control, auto land change, and navigate on Autopilot, which “actively guides your car from a highway’s on-ramp to off-ramp, including suggesting lane changes, navigating interchanges, automatically engaging the turn signal and taking the correct exit”

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