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TESLA has created a virtual simulation of San Francisco using video game software to test its car's self-driving technology.

The news comes amid mounting scrutiny over Tesla testing its semi-autonomous Autopilot and Full Self-Driving programs on public roads.

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Tesla’s last self-driving simulation shown during 2021’s AI DayCredit: Tesla
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AI Day 2021 Full Self-Driving simulation demonstrationCredit: Tesla

The electric manufacturer is creating its simulation with Unreal Engine, a game software company that powered hit video games like Fortnite and Robo Recall.

News site Electrek obtained images that allegedly show Tesla’s new San Francisco simulation.

Tesla is reported to have hired environmental artists to help enhance its virtual representation of San Francisco.

And the electric manufacturer isn’t finished with its simulation hiring wave.

Tesla’s website reveals it is creating roles for autopilot rendering engineers to "support(ing) the creation of photo-realistic 3D scenes that can accurately model the driving experience in a wide range of locales and conditions."

The listing adds that the role will help create the simulation to "enable(s) the faithful reproduction of autopilot behavior in simulation.”

Tesla has been shown experimenting with simulation driving environments since its last AI Day in 2021.

AI Day 2021 featured a simulation showing Teslas yielding to oncoming traffic, avoiding pedestrians, and following traffic signals.

Tesla’s "Full Self-Driving" feature costs $15,000 and enables vehicles to automatically obey traffic signals and change lanes.

The electric manufacturer’s $6,000 Autopilot feature allows compatible cars to steer, accelerate, and brake within their lane.

The electric car maker’s highly-controversial FSD Beta has expanded to another 60,000 owners in the U.S. and Canada.

Elon Musk announced Monday that the current test “looks good” and that he was extending the beta from 100,000 to 160,000.

Musk tweeted that he was referring to FSD beta’s most recent version — 10.69.2.2.

But Tesla is being sued over claims it misled its customers by falsely advertising its FSD and Autopilot features.

The lawsuit accuses Tesla of having advertised the self-driving technology as fully functioning or “just around the corner” since 2016 — despite the programs reportedly being nowhere near ready for mass production.

We’ll be able to see whether or not Tesla’s 2022 AI Day features a demo of its new San Francisco simulation on September 30th.

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Tesla’s 2022 AI Day will take place on September 30thCredit: Tesla
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