Telsa will show and respond to turn signals, hand gestures and more in 'Mind of the car' visualizations

Announced on July 12, 2021
Future Feature
194 days since announcement
By Nuno Cristovao

There will be additions to car visualizations soon as Elon talks about Tesla recognizing and showing new visualizations.

FSD Beta shows brake lights

With the new "Mind of the car" visualizations in the FSD Beta that was released on Saturday, Tesla has started to show when a vehicle's brakes are applied.

This is a huge step forward as the only way Tesla can come close to achieving level 5 autonomy is by understanding and responding to the various systems humans have put in place, no matter how small.

Elon says that soon Tesla will show and respond to more than just brake lights. In the future it will also be able to identify emergency vehicle lights and sirens, such as ambulances, police cars and fire trucks. It will also be able to recognize hazards, turn signals and even hand gestures.

These will first be recognized and displayed visually in the car visualization area, but soon afterward the car will also consider this information when deciding what to do.

These are great to see but there's an obvious long tail to chase down for everything the car should be able to interpret in order to drive safely. If a police officer is waving a car through in a construction area, the car will need to be able to assess the situation and decide who the individual is and what hand signal they're performing. Bicyclists often also use hand gestures and it is so crucial that autonomous vehicles understand these types of gestures in the future.

Tesla still has a long way to go toward achieving higher levels of autonomy, but with version 9 of the FSD Beta they've taken a dramatic leap forward in their FSD ability.

Tesla Insurance launches in Arizona and Ohio; now offered in five states

January 20, 2022
By Nuno Cristovao

If you've had a Tesla for a few years then you probably remember what it was like getting an insurance quote for the vehicle.

Tesla insurance

Experiences vary, but it was not uncommon to come across insurers who would not insure a Tesla or who asked for an extremely high premium.

In fact, the problem was so big that Tesla decided to do something about it. They released their own car insurance division.

Tesla launched Tesla Insurance in 2019. Unfortunately, it was only offered in California at the time. Car insurance laws vary by state so Tesla needs to be approved in each state they want to do business in.

Tesla only expanded beyond California in the second half of 2021. In October Tesla expanded to Texas and last month Tesla added on Illinois.

Tesla is now expanding even further. As of today, Tesla is now offering car insurance in Arizona and Ohio as well.

In a tweet last year, Elon talked about the slow regulatory process for offering car insurance and mentioned that Tesla was looking to offer insurance in New York as well.

The regulatory process for approval to offer insurance is extremely slow & complex, varying considerably by state. Tesla is hoping to offer real-time (based on actual driving history) insurance in Texas next month. Probably next year before we get approval in New York.

-Elon Musk

Tesla determines your car insurance rate using their Safety Score algorithm, which is similar to Progressive's Snapshot rewards. Once you approve Tesla to collect driving data, they'll monitor your vehicle for harsh stops, fast turning, and following too closely.

Your insurance rate will then be based on your driving habits and your chances of getting into an accident.

Some drivers report having much lower rates with Tesla Insurance, while others report that their rate was lower with their current insurance company.

If Tesla offers insurance in your state, you may want to consider getting a quote directly on their site to see if you can lower your premium.

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