THIS IS FUD! Nothing more. Please do not take any of it as fact.FSD won’t be released this year. There will be a expanded beta release this summer. The main reason is Tesla’s success. It has been needed as bait to build confidence in Tesla and to provide a clear demarcation between them and the other brands. But they have become a success without it and honestly it’s the only thing that could hurt tesla in 2021. They have everything else pretty much dialed-in. Elon and Tesla are still 100% behind FSDN believe is the future. They also are learning from the AI that it really can work and perform as they dreamed. Also, the competitors are not even close so there is no rush to market to obtain the FSD market share. I am very frustrated by this and I would love to be wrong. I was over the moon when I got my new computer as I thought FSD would be around the corner. I now have a super computer but the main benefit is being able to see traffic cones. And I had to give up album art for that. It also has nothing to do with regulators. If they were confident in the product they could release it in a country that would allow it from a test basis to prove how safe it is. And then use that to convince US regulators. Electrify Cuba Elon!
The FSD bait was not used as much to acquire new customers but to keep investors. Since in the day you could not make an argument that a Tesla would pay for itself through gasoline savings or even carbon credits one of the best features they had was for the first time a car might actually appreciate in value. With the normal rule is you lose 20% when you drive it off the lot. Even the idea of a car that could make money on its own or appreciate and value was mind blowing. They also use speed, coolness and fun But without energy savings you need something to keep investors happy and on the hook
Elon has learned that AI is more similar to humans then they originally thought, in that the more you learn the more you realize you don’t know.