With its Safety Score, Tesla wants to improve your driving

To encourage its users to drive safely, Tesla is rolling out a new Safety Score that rates your driving.

Tesla cars are considered the safest in the world. On the other hand, with the appearance of the autonomous driving system, the brand is often under the blazing spotlight. To encourage drivers to be more careful, Tesla is implementing the Safety Score.

The beta version of the Safety Score provides drivers of American electric cars with feedback on their driving behavior and estimates the likelihood that it could lead to a possible collision. Thus, over a 30-day evaluation period, owners will be able to see their score on a scale of 0 to 100 points.

Five criteria analyzed by the Safety Score

The system algorithm evaluates five safety factors as follows:

Collision warnings

The system picks up collision alerts at a default medium sensitivity setting, regardless of the setting chosen by the driver. The different alerts are counted as an alert rate per 1,000 miles (1,609 km).

Sudden braking

Tesla considers hard braking to be any deceleration with a force greater than 0.3g. The security score is expressed here as a percentage.

Aggressive turns

Also expressed as a percentage in a proportion of time, the score captures lateral forces greater than 0.4g in a corner being negotiated too quickly.

Non-respect of safety distances

The system records the speed of the Tesla, that of the car ahead and the distance between the two. It is active only when the car is traveling at 80 km/h or more and records a bad score by calculating the time (in seconds) the driver will have to react and stop if the vehicle in front comes to a sudden stop.

Forced autopilot disengagement

When the car determines that you have taken your hands off the wheel or are inattentive, three audible and visual warnings are given before Autopilot is forcibly disengaged. It is this event that enters into the calculation of the score according to an indicator of 1 or 0 (1 if deactivated by force, 0 otherwise).

Not yet available in France

Tesla says the vehicle must have the 2021.32.22 update, be connected to WiFi or a cellular network, and be driven at least 0.1 miles to activate the Safety Score feature. From then on, drivers will be able to view their results on the brand’s smartphone application connected to the car.

No reward is promised by the manufacturer for the best students, with the exception of the personal satisfaction of considering themselves a good driver, like the Eco Score or concentration note available in other vehicles. But history does not tell us if Tesla will use this data to justify bad driver behavior in the event of an accident when Autopilot is engaged, or to more finely select its beta testers for the next evolutions of the Full Self-Driving.

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