Tesla launches Safety Score and the 'Request FSD Beta' button in Canada

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison

The "Request Full-Self Driving Beta" button has now become available in Canada in the latest software update, version 2022.4.5.4. If you decide to opt-in, you will be enrolled in the FSD Beta queue and a “Safety Score” will become available on your mobile app.

Tesla's Safety Score launches in Canada
Tesla's Safety Score launches in Canada

If the FSD rollout in Canada follows the same process as the US, you will have to achieve a perfect 100 Safety Score for a week before being permitted to download the software.

In the US, first entries into the beta required a score of 100, then 99 and eventually 98. Few owners with a score below 98 got in and owners who achieved even a 100 score later on still haven’t been included. Enrollment for FSD can be expected to follow the same process in Canada.

Tesla calculates the Safety Score by assessing your risk across five major categories. The five categories in order of weighted average score:

1. Forced Autopilot Disengagements

2. Hard Braking

3. Aggressive Turning

4. Unsafe Following

5. Forward Collision Warnings

In the mobile app, users can see the Safety Score breakdown for each category and compare it to the Tesla fleet median. Users can also see how a specific trip affected the score and pinpoint instances of unsafe driving. Tesla will show you which driver profile was used for an individual trip which is a useful feature for monitoring how the vehicle was handled by new drivers or when using a valet service or car rental service.

Your Safety Score in the Tesla app
Your Safety Score in the Tesla app

If you find yourself with a score below 100, you can improve it in one of two ways. You can achieve higher scores in future drives so that your average score is raised, or you can wait to have your low scores fall off after 30 days.

You can increase your overall score to 100 by avoiding penalties in the previously listed categories. Here are 5 ways to get the 100 Safety Score required for Tesla FSD beta:

1. The primary category that affects the safety score is Forced Autopilot Disengagement. This happens when the vehicle warns the driver to apply resistance three times without driver intervention. They will also occur if you exceed 90 MPH for vehicles with radar or 80 MPH for vision-only vehicles, while on Autopilot. This can be easily avoided by applying resistance when required.

2. If Hard Braking is bringing down your score you should brake gradually to avoid any penalties. If you need to slow down quickly, it may be useful to put the vehicle into Autopilot to let Autopilot slow down for you. This is the toughest category to master and you will need to slow down more gradually than you’re likely used to.

3. When it comes to aggressive turning, you'll want to make sure you're not going too fast around turns. The tighter the turn, the slower you must go to avoid penalties.

4. If Unsafe Following brings down your score, you can try to use Autopilot more often and make sure you’re leaving more of a distance between your vehicle and the car in front of you.

5. Finally, we have Forward Collision Warnings. This warning occurs when your speed is too high relative to the distance you have to the object directly in front of you. If you find that you get a lot of Forward Collision Warnings, you can set your alert level to 'Early'. This way you'll be made aware of the potential collision before getting penalized for it.

The Request FSD Beta button
The Request FSD Beta button

Another potential way of improving your score is to not count your current drive toward your Safety Score if you think you’ll be penalized. If you perform a soft reset before you park your car, the drive will not be registered and will not count toward your overall Safety Score. This is expected to be patched in a future update.

Only the last 30 days of your driving history are counted toward your Safety Score. You can track your Safety Score progress using our Tesla Safety Score Calculator where you’ll enter your target score and it’ll determine how many more miles you'll need to drive to reach (with a perfect score) in order to reach your target.

You may also want to look at our tips for increasing your Safety Score.

How Tesla's FSD Beta Has Expanded Over Time

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla reveals how many miles have been driven on FSD Beta as of January 2023
Tesla reveals how many miles have been driven on FSD Beta as of January 2023
Tesla

Tesla's Full Self Driving (FSD) technology took a giant leap forward in distributing FSD Beta to 400,000 customers in North America. It is a significant milestone for the development of autonomous driving and highlights Tesla's commitment to bringing this cutting-edge technology to the masses. A new version, v11.3 could roll out any day.

Number of Testers Over Time

Tesla made FSD Beta public a little more than two years ago, around October 2020. It was initially only made available to less than a handful of testers, but that pool grew to about 1,000 users later that year.

Since then Tesla has gradually increased the number of testers. The ramp from the initial 1,000 testers took some time, but by October 2021 Tesla had opened it up further through its Safety Score program. By January 2022, it was available to about 60,000 owners.

In March of 2022, Tesla expanded FSD Beta to Canada, gradually adding additional testers, and eventually increasing the number of testers across the U.S. and Canada to 160,000 in September.

Tesla announced this December that the number of testers had grown to 285,000 and recently said this January that it's now accessible to 400,000 Tesla owners.

FSD Beta Expansion and Milestones

Date Milestone
October, 2020 Opened to select testers
Late 2020 ~ 1,000 added
October 2021 Start of expansion through Safety Score
January 2022 Available to 60,000 testers
March 2022 Expansion to Canada
July 2022 Available to 160,000 testers
December 2022 Available to 285,000 testers
January 2023 Access given to 400,000 owners

Faster Feedback

The deployment of FSD Beta to such a large number of customers will provide an unprecedented level of testing and feedback, allowing Tesla to refine the technology and bring it to an even higher level of reliability and safety. Furthermore, with over 90 million miles driven on FSD outside of highways, the published data shows a clear improvement in safety statistics, demonstrating the potential for autonomous driving to revolutionize the way we travel.

This increased testing level will help improve the technology even further, as the system can learn from a broader range of driving scenarios and road conditions.

FSD Will Make the Roads Safer

The safety benefits of Full Self Driving technology will be a major selling point for Tesla and one of the primary reasons for its rapid growth. Using cameras and other advanced technologies, FSD can monitor the road and make real-time adjustments to ensure the vehicle operates safely and efficiently. As a result, this technology reduces the likelihood of accidents and provides passengers with a safer, more comfortable driving experience.

Overall, making FSD Beta available to 400,000 customers represents a major step forward for Tesla and the entire autonomous driving industry. It's now available to all customers who have purchased or subscribed to FSD in the U.S. and Canada. The next big expansion is expected to be in Europe sometime this year.

With its focus on safety and reliability, Tesla is leading the way toward a future where driving is fully autonomous, and accidents are a thing of the past. As technology continues to evolve, we can expect to see even more impressive advances in the coming years, bringing us closer to a world where autonomous vehicles are a common sight on our roads.

Tesla Accessory, Ctrl-Bar Adds Physical Buttons to the Model Y and Model 3

By Kevin Armstrong
The Ctrl-Bar adds physical buttons to the Model 3/Y
The Ctrl-Bar adds physical buttons to the Model 3/Y
Ctrl-Bar

Tesla's minimalistic interior design is both loved and hated. Much loathing is due to the lack of physical buttons drivers are so used to having at their fingertips to control heat, music and everything else in the cabin. The sleek look is attractive, but for some it can fall short in easy accessibility while driving.

That's where a new product comes into play: Ctrl-Bar. Created by Øyvind Husby of Oslo, Norway, Ctrl-Bar has nearly 300 backers on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo and has beat its target funding goal by more than 280 percent. The objective is to provide a tactile, programmable solution to Tesla's minimalistic interior design.

How It Works

Ctrl-Bar is a device that attaches securely to the bottom of the Model 3 and Model Y screen and offers a quick-access, tactile response that physical buttons can only achieve. The premium black glass finish blends seamlessly with the screen bezel, providing a smooth look. It connects to a smartphone using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and gets power from a hidden USB cable connected to the rear center console USB port. The app runs in the background, capturing only the data needed to run the services and prioritizing privacy. In addition, the Ctrl-Bar screen shows real-time changes, so there is no latency when changing temperatures or other functions. After less than a second, the device will send the command to your vehicle.

Ctrl-Bar Video

The Scrolls, Buttons and Extras

The Ctrl-Bar has two scroll wheels with tactile indents to control the cabin temperature, one for the driver and the passenger. In addition, four push buttons are in the middle of the wheels to provide easy access to programmable shortcuts, such as seat heaters, defrost mode, dog mode, and more. All changes made on the Ctrl-Bar are reflected on the center screen, offering a unified experience.

In addition to controlling essential functions, Ctrl-Bar also provides ambient LED lighting. The device has a series of powerful LEDs that illuminate the center console and front footwells. Users can scroll through assorted color and brightness options to find the perfect lighting for their drive. For an additional subscription, Ctrl-Bar offers speed trap warnings. The device checks for nearby fixed speed traps and visually alerts the driver when they are approaching. If the driver exceeds the speed limit, Ctrl-Bar will give an audible warning reminding them to slow down.

The Ctrl-Bar adds physical buttons to the Model 3/Y
The Ctrl-Bar adds physical buttons to the Model 3/Y
Ctrl-Bar

Creative Company with a Track Record

Greenmission, the company behind Ctrl-Bar, has successfully launched a premium wireless charger for the Tesla Model S/X. With trusted manufacturers and software developers on board, the main obstacles to getting Ctrl-Bar into the hands of Tesla owners are developing the phone app, establishing a reliable connection, avoiding supplier issues and delays, and managing costs. Despite these challenges, Greenmission is confident they can bring Ctrl-Bar to market and provide a much-needed solution to the lack of physical buttons in Tesla vehicles.

Ctrl-Bar is an interesting device that adds some physical buttons for owners who want or need them. It matches well with the interior of the vehicle and still provides a sleek look. However, it will require your phone to have a cellular connection to successfully send commands to the vehicle, since it relies on Tesla's APIs.

Tesla drivers are always looking for ways to improve their experience, and new features will be made available through Over-The-Air updates. Furthermore, users' feedback and suggestions will be considered and worked on in future updates.

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