Tesla Updates Safety Score with 2.1, Addressing Night Driving, Community Calls for Action on Forward Collision Warnings

By Kevin Armstrong
Safety Score 2.1 Update
Safety Score 2.1 Update
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Tesla's Safety Score 2.1 update adjusts its evaluation criteria, particularly focusing on the Late-Night Driving metric. At the same time, the broader community continues to express concerns over other aspects of the system, notably the Forward Collision Warning.

Tesla has specifically addressed the Late-Night Driving metric, shifting the impactful driving window from 10 PM - 4 AM to 11 PM - 4 AM. This change directly responds to feedback regarding how late-night driving affects Safety Scores and, consequently, insurance premiums.

Addressing Concerns Beyond the Update

DriveTeslaCanada posted the story, which became quite a topic on Reddit. While the Late-Night Driving metric adjustment has been well-received, the Tesla community remains vocal about other system aspects, particularly the Forward Collision Warning’s sensitivity. Reports of frequent false alerts highlight a potential area for further improvement. Users suggest implementing a feature for manual incident reporting, using dashcam footage as evidence, to help refine the system's accuracy. Additionally, there's a call for Tesla to leverage such data to train its neural networks, aiming to reduce false positives.

Insurance and Safety Scores: Discussions extend to the implications of the Safety Score on Tesla Insurance premiums, with drivers sharing how updates and system sensitivities affect their scores and, subsequently, their insurance costs.

Reflecting on Safety Score 2.0

The introduction of Safety Score 2.0, almost one year ago to the day, marked a significant milestone, adding new safety factors like Excessive Speeding and Unbuckled Driving to Tesla's driving assessment tool. These factors, alongside the updated Late Night Driving metric and existing metrics like Hard Braking and Aggressive Turning, leverage Tesla's vast fleet data to encourage safer driving habits.

Tesla's Safety Score, evolving through versions from 1.0 to the current 2.1, serves as a personalized driving coach. Assessing driving behavior against a set of safety factors provides drivers with actionable feedback to improve their habits. This enhances road safety and offers the potential for lower insurance premiums, aligning financial incentives with safer driving practices.

The Safety Score's utility extends beyond individual feedback; it aggregates millions of miles of driving data to inform Tesla's safety feature development. This ongoing analysis helps identify trends and patterns in driving behavior, shaping the evolution of vehicle safety features and contributing to Tesla's reputation for producing some of the safest vehicles on the road.

As Tesla continues to refine its Safety Score system, incorporating driver feedback and advancing technology, the dialogue between the company and its community is vital. The adjustments in Safety Score 2.1, especially the revised Late-Night Driving metric, reflect a positive step towards balancing safety assessments with real-world driving experiences. Meanwhile, the ongoing discussions about FCW sensitivity underscore the importance of continuous improvement and innovation in vehicle safety systems.

Tesla FSD V12.5 to Enable Sunglasses-Friendly, Nag-Free FSD

By Karan Singh
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Tesla has made some significant improvements with FSD 12.4, primarily, the removal of the steering wheel nag under certain conditions. However, there’s a caveat – you can’t wear sunglasses.

According to Elon Musk, FSD v12.5 will introduce support for nag-free FSD, even if you’re wearing sunglasses.

FSD V12.5 is an Upgrade

Ashok Elluswamy, Director of Autopilot Software, also took to X recently to mention that v12.5 is a big improvement to FSD v12.4. While he didn’t mention any specific details, this lines up with some of Musk’s previous comments that each FSD v12 iteration will see major improvements to the FSD model.

Elon also mentioned that while Tesla has a massive fleet of cars, their laser focus on making FSD work, rather than touting every daily achievement – has been their key to making generalized self-driving cars work.

FSD v12 has been pretty much a complete rewrite of the FSD city streets software stack, with drastic improvements over FSD v11. However, certain parts of the software stack haven’t been updated yet. Some features, like the updated highway stack are expected to be in FSD v12.5, which Musk confirmed recently. However, other features such as Park Seek and Banish Autopark, which were expected to arrive with FSD V12.4 are still up in the air.

What about V12.4?

FSD V12.4.3 is currently out to about 5% of the fleet (about 20-25% of FSD users) and hasn’t been pushed out again since about July 10th. Our new auto updating statistics pages can help break this down for folks who are curious.

Update 2024.15.15

FSD Supervised 12.4.3
Installed on 5.4% of fleet
6 Installs today
Last updated: Jul 22, 5:45 pm UTC

Given that it’s been some time since any new vehicles have received V12.4.3, it seems the rollout has been stopped. There could be any number of reasons for this – including software bugs, or a lack of confidence with FSD. Additionally, it could just halted in favor of focusing resources on V12.5.

While we’d love to see more vehicles get v12.4.3, we’re likely to see v12.4.4 or v12.5 being the next big waves of deployments to customers. Either way, early-access testers and Tesla ADAS testers will receive these updates first, and then they’ll roll out to the vast majority of customers once Tesla feels confident there aren’t any major issues. Tesla does all this testing in the name of safety, and it's essential that bug-free versions of FSD are the versions that are rolled out wide.

So, for now, leave your sunglasses on and hang tight for the next FSD update.

Tesla Aims To Launch Cybertruck in Canada After Transport Canada Makes Exception for Steer-by-Wire

By Karan Singh
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Tesla has confirmed that they’re aiming to launch the Cybertruck in Canada later this year. Transport Canada recently granted Tesla and the Cybertruck a unique exemption to allow steer-by-wire functionality (h/t Sawyer Merritt).

Steer-By-Wire Exemption

We previously reported that the Cybertruck was facing delays due to a steer-by-wire regulatory issue with Transport Canada. On Friday, July 19th, Transport Canada issued a message stating that they would exempt the Cybertruck, for all its models, from part of Canada’s Motor Vehicle Safety Act, which currently doesn’t permit the usage of steer-by-wire systems.

The period that the exemption begins seems to be immediate – July 19th, 2024, and will last through July 18th, 2029, whereafter regulation should supersede the exemption. In the meantime, Tesla will provide a semi-annual incident report, beginning on January 18th, 2025, including information on steering system malfunctions or failures, as well as corrective measures and customer complaints.

It seems that Transport Canada will also have to be notified every time Cybertruck’s steering software is provided with an OTA update, which could result in some update delays in Canada.

Canadian Cybertruck Soon?

With all this information, it sounds like Tesla is aiming to launch the Cybertruck to Canadian customers sometime relatively soon, as they stated they’re still aiming by the end of the year. There is a good chance that they may begin converting pre-orders to orders once Tesla. Tesla hasn’t commented on which model will be available in Canada, but it wouldn’t surprise us if it’s limited to the Foundation series in Canada in the initial release.

We could expect the first customer Cybertrucks (Roshel Defence and a few private importers notwithstanding), to be on Canadian roads in just a couple of months.

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