Tesla Autopilot Self-Driving Beta Test Will Start Tuesday, Elon Musk Confirms

KEY POINTS

  • Tesla will roll out its FSD feature in a closed beta system test next week
  • The new autopilot software will be available to a small pool of Tesla owners
  • The updated FSD software is expected to include many new functionalities

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced via Twitter on Monday that the company’s autopilot self-driving mode would be made available in a small beta test starting next week. 

The closed beta-test system, which will be limited to a small pool of “expert and careful drivers,” will roll out next week, Car And Driver reported. 

The Full Self-Driving (FSD) feature has undergone a complete reboot and is expected to carry a lot of new functionality. The rewrite also updated the autopilot’s labeling software to enable it to interpret the environment in 4D instead of 2D. 

Based on Musk’s recent descriptions, the updated software will build on its current “traffic light and stop sign control” feature and will likely add turns in intersections and integrate it fully on autopilot. 

“The FSD improvement will come as a quantum leap, because it’s a fundamental architectural rewrite, not an incremental tweak. I drive the bleeding edge alpha build in my car personally. Almost at zero interventions between home & work. Limited public release in 6 to 10 weeks,” Musk said in August.

According to Electrek, the new feature will allow Tesla drivers to monitor their entire journey with zero-intervention. However, they must still keep their hands on the steering wheel and be ready to take control when needed. 

Musk has previously said that he was confident that an advanced autopilot software would allow Tesla vehicles to become less likely to be involved in a severe or fatal crash by at least 10 times the current industry average. 

“That’s a lot of lives saved and

Stock Market Today With Jim Cramer: Apple Event Is Tuesday

Stocks rose Monday as investors remained hopeful of further fiscal stimulus and prepared for quarterly earnings reports from the biggest banks in the United States.

Technology shares such as Apple  (AAPL) – Get Report, which rose ahead of its expected iPhone 12 unveiling Tuesday, and Amazon  (AMZN) – Get Report, which gained ahead of the start of its Prime Day event, were the standouts.

TheStreet’s Katherine Ross discussed breaking news in the stock market on Street Lightning. Cramer spoke about his expectations from Prime Day, why stocks popular on Robinhood matter and what to expect from Apple’s iPhone event tomorrow.

Amazon Prime Day

Amazon’s shopping extravaganza starts at midnight on Oct. 13. The company says that more than a million deals will be offered in 19 countries during the event.

Cramer said he hopes Amazon will have a better product line up for Prime Day. “I normally see stuff that doesn’t interest me but stuff that they (Amazon) want to sell. I don’t find anything in these deals at midnight work. Maybe other people will have better luck.”

Robinhood Traders Move Stocks

Robinhood, the popular stock-trading app, was valued at $11.2 billion in August after it raised $200 million from investors.

The coronavirus-imposed lockdowns have benefited challenger financial-services apps like Robinhood both in revenue and transaction volume.

Cramer said Robinhood moves stocks. “They don’t seem to understand that the goal is to get the stock in as cheaply as possible. Their goal is to take as much stock in cheap or not. And when they decide to operate on something everybody is in their bind. That’s why the stock moves.”

Apple’s iPhone 12 Event

Apple  (AAPL) – Get Report will hold an online event tomorrow where the tech giant is expected to

Best Amazon Canada Prime Day 2020 deals: Echo Show 5 hits CA$60, more deals coming Tuesday

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Amazon Prime Day 2020 kicks off on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and during the two-day shopping event, you can expect to see deep discounts on home appliances, electronics, and all kinds of domestic tech. Ahead of the sales event, however, Amazon Canada has already begun the ramp up to Prime Day by trotting out some sharp deals for early bird shoppers. (Check out Amazon Canada’s press release for the full list of discounts the retailer is promising.)

Here are the best of the early Amazon Prime Day deals we’ve found so far from Amazon Canada. Note that prices and availability were accurate at the time of publication, but are subject to change (as we expect them to on Tuesday).

We’ll continue to update this story as more deals become available.

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As in the US, Amazon’s smallest Echo display device is already available at a discount, returning to its lowest ever price of CA$60. That’s a whopping 40% off. The price is expected to stay at this level now through Oct. 14.

Read our Echo Show 5 review.

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With light- and slow-cooking settings, the 1,800-watt Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro boasts an Element IQ that controls heating elements with 10 preset functions. Conveniently, the oven’s slow cook function will switch to Keep Warm for up to two hours automatically. Note that the price on this model has dropped to CA$250 in the past, but the current price is the lowest it’s been since March. Read our review of the Breville Smart Oven Pro’s predecessor.

Amazon Canada Prime Day deals coming soon

These sale prices have been announced, but won’t be available

Prime Day preview: Get a Fire HD 10 tablet for only $80 on Tuesday

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Amazon Prime Day 2020 is almost here. The two-day sales event begins at midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 13, which means you’re about to see some amazing prices on certain Amazon Fire tablets. When the shopping event officially kicks off, Amazon’s best tablet, the Fire HD 10, will cost just $80 ($70 off), the lowest price we’ve seen for it. 

Amazon also announced that the Kids Edition of its entry-level 7-inch Fire will cost $60, which is $40 off its list price of $100. The Fire Kids Edition includes a case and a year of Amazon’s Kids Plus subscription service, a $36 value.

It’s not entirely clear whether the HD 8 Plus or Fire HD 8 will also be on sale, but we’ll keep an eye on their prices since Amazon often slips previously unannounced deals on its devices into Prime Day. 

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Amazon has come a long way from the first Kindle Fire tablet. The Amazon Fire HD 10 is Amazon’s biggest tablet with a 10-inch screen size and powerful speakers (it now charges via USB-C). Just like its smaller 8-inch sibling, the Fire HD 8, the tablet is packed with benefits for Prime subscribers, making it easy for members to stream and download movies, TV shows and games. The Fire tablets don’t use a pure version of Android, but instead Amazon’s Android-based Fire operating system, and pull apps from the Amazon App Store. You can still get apps from Google Play, but you’ll have to install the store yourself — meaning gaming enthusiasts have access to all of their favorite mobile games for an excellent gaming tablet experience.

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Prime Day preview: Fire HD 10 tablet deal for only $80 on Tuesday

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Prime Day 2020 starts on Tuesday, and we’re about to see some good discounts on certain Amazon Fire tablets. The Fire HD 10, Amazon’s best tablet, will be $80 ($70 off) starting on Oct. 13, the lowest price we’ve seen for it. 

Amazon also announced that the Kids Edition of its entry-level 7-inch Fire will cost $60, which is $40 off its list price of $100. The Fire Kids Edition includes a case and a year of Amazon’s Kids Plus subscription service, a $36 value.

It’s unclear whether the Fire HD 8 or HD 8 Plus will also be on sale, but we’ll keep an eye on their prices because Amazon often slips previously unannounced deals on its devices in to Prime Day. 

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This is the Goldilocks in Amazon’s line and our current CNET Editors’ Choice in the category. Here are some things we love about the Kindle Paperwhite:

  • It’s 10% thinner and lighter than the previous version.
  • It has a “flush-front” design with a back made of a softer, grippy material instead of hard plastic. 
  • It’s a fully waterproof Kindle, like the high-end Kindle Oasis, and has a plastic screen that Amazon says is shatter- and scratch-resistant.
  • It has built-in Bluetooth, so you can download Amazon Audible audiobooks and listen to them with wireless headphones.

Note that Amazon could update the Kindle Paperwhite in 2020 (it was released in Nov. 2018). If and when that happens, it’s unclear how much of an upgrade it will be. For instance, USB-C charging could be added and perhaps the lighting scheme could be updated, but we wouldn’t expect any dramatic upgrades.

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