Before I go on, though, these predictions concern things that I think will happen after the wider public release of the new software, not the limited beta release. I expected the broad release across the US fleet to occur a few weeks later, or one or two weeks later at the earliest.
Also, if you are unaware of the nature of this update, see some of the backstory here: 10 Tesla Autopilot, Full Self Driving, & Dojo Development Updates From Elon Musk. And if you want to learn more about the Tesla Autopilot team and the work behind this software, see this CleanTechnica exclusive: Tesla Autopilot Innovation Comes From Team Of ~300 Jedi Engineers — Interview With Elon Musk.
What Will Happen After Tesla Releases Next Autopilot/FSD Software Update?
1. Social media will be flooded with Tesla owners posting videos of what their cars can now do. (I will almost certainly do so.)
2. Consumer interest in Tesla will jump upward again, and interest in the FSD package will also jump — among potential owners and current owners.
3. Tesla will raise the price of the FSD software package.
4. Eagle-eyed critics will identify a few gaps where Autopilot still struggles, identifying remaining technical barriers to fully self-driving Tesla robotaxis.