Tesla has now made the beta of its “Full Self-Driving” (FSD) programme available to more Tesla users via a “request” button on their dashboard screens. Despite the fact that the president of the National Transportation Safety Board expressed grave reservations about its safety last week. According to a page on tesla.com/support/safety-score their “safety score” would be calculated using five variables that predict “the likelihood that your driving could result in a future collision,” in order to get access to the software.
The score is based on forceful braking, forward-collision warnings per 1,000 miles, risky following, aggressive turning, and forced Autopilot disengagement data acquired by sensors on the driver’s Tesla. Tesla Autopilot will give three visual and audio warnings and it will disengage afterward “when your Tesla vehicle has determined that you have removed your hands from the steering wheel and have become inattentive,” according to the safety score guide.
The handbook doesn’t mention what Tesla deems an appropriate safety score for FSD access, but it does claim that most drivers will get an 80 out of 100. The FSD beta software does not make a Tesla totally autonomous; the driver must maintain constant control of the car.
After a restricted trial of the software with a select set of clients, Tesla is releasing the FSD beta early next year. In July, it began offering a monthly subscription plan for FSD for $199 per month, or $99 for Tesla customers who purchased the now-defunct Enhanced Autopilot programme. The FSD bundle had previously been sold for a one-time charge of $10,000. According to the conditions on Tesla’s website, Tesla owners can terminate their monthly FSD membership at any moment.
The chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, Jennifer Homendy, said last week that Tesla should solve “basic safety issues” before extending FSD, calling the company’s usage of the term “misleading and irresponsible.” Tesla “clearly deceived multiple people to misuse and abuse technology,” according to Homendy. The NTSB has investigative and advisory powers but no enforcement authority.