Yes, I’m currently in the Safety Score phase of my own road toward access to the "Full Self Driving" beta. Whatever happens, it will be interesting on many levels. Let me be clear here, as Tesla states:
The currently enabled Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous. Full autonomy will be dependent on achieving reliability far in excess of human drivers as demonstrated by billions of miles of experience, as well as regulatory approval, which may take longer in some jurisdictions. As Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving capabilities evolve, your car will be continuously upgraded through over-the-air software updates.
While about 2,000 folks in the world have had access to beta versions of Tesla software that allows for driver to engage Autosteer on city streets for about a year a year, most of them were employees. Well under a hundred of them are members of the public who have been able to authorized to share their experiences. Gladly, no accidents have happened to date. Yesterday, the wider rollout of this beta software began, starting with 1,000 drivers who have a Safety Score of 100.
This article sums up one author’s opinion pretty succinctly:
- Tesla’s FSD Safety Score Is Finding Out Who Will Tolerate FSD
Oct 12 2021 by Michael Barnard at CleanTechnica
Passengers in autonomous vehicles will expect to be able to drink a coffee and feel like they are on a bus or a train, not strapped into a transparent ping pong ball in the middle of a bunch of other transparent ping pong balls.
In other words, those desiring access to #FSDBeta ("Full Self Driving" beta) will need to be the type of driver that can tolerate a very conservative driving style, at least during the initial rollout of this software to 1,000 Tesla owners at a time: those who are buyers or subscribers to FSDBeta, and who have a Safety Score of 100.
My personal interest is not only in the ultimate AI challenge – automating more of the driving experience – but also the potential for the entire fleet of Tesla EVs to increase their safety too through machine learning, which will likely now be greatly accelerated through the collection of real-world data.
This particular article is focused just on the experience of trying to get a decent Safety Score:
The Safety Score Beta is the first release to the Safety Score which is an assessment of your driving behavior based on five metrics called Safety Factors. These are combined to estimate the likelihood that your driving could result in a future collision. We combine your daily Safety Scores (up to 30 days) to calculate the aggregated Safety Score, displayed on the main ‘Safety Score’ screen of the Tesla app. You can find details around your daily Safety Score by selecting ‘Daily Details’ at the bottom of the screen.
The Safety Score Beta is intended to provide drivers transparency and feedback of their driving behaviors. The Safety Score is a value between 0 and 100, where a higher score indicates safer driving. Most drivers are expected to have a Safety Score of 80 or above.
Whenever it has been safe to do so, I’ve been driving rather conservatively these past 2 weeks, staying extra vigilant at all times, especially when it comes to somebody that might cut me off. I won’t compromise my safety to stay at 100, here’s an example. There are times when I’m being tailgated by somebody very closely. This means I cannot take an off-ramp or turn at the crazy-slow speeds that the Safety Score algorithm currently requires, at least not without jeopardizing my safety. If that means I have to wait some weeks or months to gain access to FSDBeta, so be it. But when that day comes, it sure will be intriguing to try it out, starting out on some rather empty streets. I have a strong feeling it won’t be long before my wife refuses to let me keep FSDBeta stay engaged, much akin to what @TeslaFSD tweeted earlier tonight.
Here’s another great article you might enjoy, followed by some videos.
- Tesla Full Self-Driving [FSD] Beta Rolls Out To ~1000 More Drivers — My 1st Impressions
Oct 11 2021 by Zachary Shahan at CleanTechnica
Here’s a driver that is new to #FSDBeta, and presumably a Safety Score of 100.
At this spot, Brandon mentions the irony here, given the FSDBeta drives much faster than folks doing the Safety Score style of driving:
Full self driving would not get nearly as safe of a Tesla Safety Score as I have, but it’s efficient and it worked.
Both of the following videos are by drivers who already has access to #FSDBeta before yesterday:
Here’s Roger K., who is also from Connecticut
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Disclosure: My family owns no stock in Tesla. Tesla doesn’t advertise at TinkerTry, or anywhere else, and this is not a sponsored post. We financed the purchase of two Tesla Model 3s, replacing my 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid in December of 2018 and replacing my wife’s 2005 Honda Civic EX in December of 2019. These big moves to an all electric household were an expression of our mutual desire to go green, avoid gasoline, be safe, have fun, and save money in the long run. Mostly for my job, I drive a lot, 25,000 miles in 2019 for example, and I thoroughly enjoy sharing what I’ve learned with you. I hope you can tell!