Despite being at the center of a controversial standoff with the National Transportation Safety Board, Tesla announced the decision to expand the beta version of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) software to its users.
Tesla drivers can now gain access to the FSD beta by clicking on the “request” button on Teslas’ dashboard screens. Once this is done, Tesla will determine the user’s “safety score,” using five criteria that estimate “the likelihood that your driving could result in a future collision,” according to the Tesla website.
The five safety factors considered in this score include Forward Collision Warnings per 1,000 Miles, Hard Braking, Aggressive Turning, Unsafe Following, and Forced Autopilot Disengagement. According to Tesla, “The Safety Score Beta is intended to provide drivers transparency and feedback of their driving behaviors. The Safety Score is a value between 0 and 100, where a higher score indicates safer driving. Most drivers will have a Safety Score of 80 or above.”
On the other hand, Jennifer Homendy, chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, said last week that Tesla should address “basic safety issues” before expanding FSD, calling the company’s use of the term full self-driving “misleading and irresponsible.” Homendy said Tesla “has clearly misled numerous people to misuse and abuse technology.”
As it stands, the NTSB can conduct investigations and make recommendations but has no enforcement authority.