Tesla To Improve Driver Monitoring and Track Drowsiness Even When Autopilot Is Off

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla is improving is driver monitoring system
Tesla is improving is driver monitoring system

To ensure safer roads and potentially bolster its Full Self-Driving (FSD) capabilities, Tesla is planning a significant upgrade to its driver monitoring system. Notable Tesla hacker, @Greentheonly, has revealed on Twitter that this upgrade goes beyond simple driving metrics and delves into an impressive array of advanced features.

Tesla's In-Depth Driver Monitoring

Tesla's forthcoming update to its driver monitoring system showcases the power of machine learning and sensor technology. Instead of just monitoring traditional driving metrics, like looking down or off to the side, the system will gather a wide range of data about the driver's behavior, even when the car is not on Autopilot.

Advanced Metrics: Beyond Just Keeping the Car Centered

Tesla's enhanced monitoring system will assess a driver's ability based on multiple factors, including how well the car is centered and the number of lane keep assist warnings and corrections.

The advanced system will detect signs of driver fatigue or distraction by monitoring physical cues. For instance, frequent yawning, extended blink durations and leaning can indicate tiredness, making a driver unfit for the road. By alerting drivers when such signs are detected, the system can potentially help prevent accidents caused by impaired driving.

The Potential Impact on Full Self-Driving

The sophisticated data collection and analysis could also strengthen Tesla's case for its Full Self-Driving capabilities. By demonstrating how many drivers show signs of tiredness or impairment, particularly during late-night drives, Tesla can highlight the need for advanced autonomous driving technology.

Beyond the immediate implications for driver safety and insurance, there's also the potential for this data to shape the broader narrative around Tesla's Full Self-Driving capabilities. As noted by Twitter user @RedneckAi, Tesla could use the data to argue that a significant percentage of drivers are tired or impaired after midnight, bolstering the case for FSD.

The Balance between Safety and Privacy

While the enhanced driver monitoring system is undeniably a technological marvel and a potential lifesaver, it also raises questions about privacy. As the system collects more personal data about drivers' behavior, strict data protection measures become increasingly crucial.

The conversation surrounding Tesla's driver monitoring system brings into focus the fine line between leveraging technology for safety and maintaining individual privacy. As such technologies continue to evolve, striking a balance between these two aspects will be paramount.

Tesla Begins Testing FSD in China

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla was recently granted permission to test FSD on Chinese streets – specifically in Shanghai. Just recently, Elon Musk visited China and discussed the potential for FSD to come to China.

Gearing Up for FSD China

This is just the first step for Tesla to begin its customer deployments of FSD – Tesla conducts similar ADAS testing in North America, where special testing vehicles and testing employees run the latest FSD (Supervised) versions against a gamut of real-world, real-life tests.

Tesla has recently been working on translating FSD release notes into multiple languages, alongside building a data center in Shanghai and establishing an FSD Operations and Labelling team at the same center. These are the first, key steps to bringing FSD to a new market that has unique and different traffic rules when compared North America.

China doesn’t have the regulatory hurdles or challenges that Tesla faces in Europe to bring FSD and has been working with Chinese corporations as well as the government, which has now provided its official approval for FSD testing in-country.

We might even see FSD deployed to early testing customers in China by the end of 2025.

ADAS Competitors

There are quite a few competitors in the Chinese market already- with challengers like Xpeng and Xiaomi working on building their own homegrown systems, mostly driven by a mixture of cameras, radars, ultrasonic sensors, and LIDAR. However, many of these systems face similar challenges to other non-Chinese competitors and don’t have the mileage under their belts to tackle Tesla’s dominating lead in data and data processing.

European Union

Tesla is poising itself for an FSD rollout internationally, with increased testing also taking place in the UK, France, and Spain – some of the key locations with unique infrastructure in the European Union. However, some EU-specific regulations restrict how FSD can perform – each and every action must be manually approved by the driver. Until that regulation is changed to adapt to systems like FSD, it won’t be making its way there just yet.

Tesla Cybertruck to Receive Charging Improvements in Upcoming Update

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Former Tesla VP of Powertrain and Energy Drew Baglino previously mentioned that Cybertruck would be receiving charging improvements soon.

Wes Morrill, Tesla’s Cybertruck lead engineer, recently reposted Baglino’s comments on the charge speed update on June 16th and mentioned that it would be coming soon via OTA.

Charging Improvements

The 4680 cell has seen some difficulties in its charge curve, similar to Tesla’s other vehicles that have been deployed with the 4680. Tesla has alluded to difficulties in the manufacturing curve previously, and also with engineering improvements to the new cell standard, and eventually stopped manufacturing the Model Y with the 4680 cells.

However, this is the first time that Tesla has begun to deploy major improvements to the 4680 cell. It appears the improvements will allow up to 154 miles to be recovered in 15 minutes, which is approximately a 30% improvement to current charge rates.

We’re hoping that these improvements to the 4680 will also translate to older Model Y vehicles that have 4680 cells, which will be key to the owners of these vehicles. 4680 production is currently mainly focused on Powerwall, Megapack, and Cybertruck – with Semi not using 4680 yet.

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