Tesla Drivers Who Want Full Self-Driving Capability Will Need To Take a Test

For Tesla drivers who want access to full self-driving beta software, they will need to take and pass a seven-day safety test. After they prove they can drive safely for seven consecutive days, Tesla owners will be able to download self-driving technology at the push of a button.
Written by Emily Jansen
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Mar 10, 2022
Tesla
owners looking to upgrade their car’s self-driving capabilities will need to prove they are safe drivers. With the latest update of
Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Capability
, drivers who have the service installed will need to pass a driver safety test in order to download the software.

Self-driving safety score

Tesla drivers who want to deploy version 10.1 of the automaker’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) software will need to prove they have been a safe driver for the last consecutive days. Then, they can simply press a button to receive the beta software.
Drivers’ safety scores are determined by Tesla using a weighted mathematical formula which tracks driving habits such as hard braking or aggressive turning, beaming that data back to the automaker wirelessly via sensors in the cars.
The FSD can help drivers automate certain driving tasks, such as accelerating, braking, changing lanes and parking. 
The latest update of this software has been described as an improvement on the past version, though Tesla has not released specifics on new features or improvements. Version 10.2 of the FSD is already expected to be released to drivers who meet the safety score required.

Experts are concerned about self-driving technology

All that being said, experts are still concerned with self-driving technology for a number of reasons. Tesla’s and other companies’ self-driving technology, such as FSD or
Autopilot
, are not fully autonomous, experts say.
According to
Consumer Reports
, requiring drivers to pass a safety test reinforces that FSD is not safe for use on public roads. And the fact that FSD is marketed as self-driving and completely autonomous is
misleading to drivers
.
CR further points out that Tesla is essentially beta testing its
new technology
on public roads without the awareness or consent of other drivers and pedestrians. 

Negative press for Tesla

Tesla is no stranger to negative news coverage when it comes to its self-driving technology.
Autopilot and other
autonomous features
have been shown to be key factors in collisions and other accidents.
It’s likely that the automaker is making FSD available to its ‘safe’ drivers as a response to negative reviews. Tesla wants to show that it cares about driver safety by only allowing what its technology deems the safest drivers.
However, experts aren’t convinced that Tesla’s data-gathering and safety score test are enough to determine whether a driver is safe behind the wheel.
A better test would be to ensure that drivers are paying attention to the road, even with autonomous features turned on, just in case driver intervention is needed.
And so far, tests have shown that Autopilot and other Tesla tech lags behind in keeping its drivers engaged with their autonomous systems.
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