The European Commission intends to prioritize the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Regulation on Driver Control Assistance Systems (DCAS), which could expedite the arrival of Tesla’s FSD Beta in Europe or allow Tesla to re-enable Autopilot features that have been disabled in parts of the continent.

According to a recent tweet by @elektrotimmy, the final draft of the DCAS was slated to be completed in 2024, with FSD approval possible in January 2025.

However, the European Commission has decided to give the DCAS top priority and intends to finalize the regulation this year. The final draft is anticipated to be completed by September 2023.

FSD Beta Could Be Available in Europe by January 2024 if the schedule is accelerated.

Due to this change in priority, FSD Beta could become available in Europe as early as January 2024 and as late as the summer of 2024. Tesla owners and enthusiasts in Europe who have been anxiously anticipating FSD capabilities will likely find the accelerated schedule to be welcome news.

The European Commission intends to divide hands-on (Phase 1) and hands-off (Phase 2) functionalities to further accelerate the process. This means that until Phase 2 is completed, only hands-on will be permitted in Europe, even if hands-off is not yet permitted in the United States.

In addition, discussions are currently underway to determine whether a confined testing phase can be permitted prior to the January 2024 approval deadline.

This is a Speculative but Positive Development

As @elektrotimmy emphasizes, the accelerated timeline for the UNECE Regulation on DCAS is not a guarantee that Tesla will roll out FSD Beta across Europe at that time.

However, Tesla will then be permitted to do so, and it is anticipated that the company will make the prototype available to European customers without delay.

Although the accelerated schedule is encouraging, there is still the possibility of unforeseen delays. Working groups and committees meet only on specific dates, and if documents are not available by the meeting date, significant delays may result.

Nonetheless, this development represents a significant advancement for Tesla’s Full Self-Driving technology in Europe and could result in a quicker deployment for European drivers.

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