After months of waiting, finally Tesla introduced the “button” that allows American customers to request access to the beta program of the new Full Self-Driving which, for the moment, is only tested by a limited number of users. In fact, originally, the ability to request access to the beta program was supposed to come some time ago. We know, however, that the development of the new Full Self-Driving did not follow the schedule repeatedly communicated by Elon Musk. Consequently, the arrival of this button was also delayed. But there is nothing to be surprised at since when it comes to Tesla, the timing is always to be taken with great caution.
With the arrival update 2021.32.22 the possibility of being able to request access to the beta program has finally been introduced. However, an important aspect must be underlined. Tesla has always remembered the importance of safe driving when using the new advanced features of the Autopilot. Precisely for this reason, before granting access to the beta program, the automaker will evaluate the “Safey Score“of the customer, that is a score that reflects the safety of his guide, to understand if he is suitable for the program or not.
The Safety Score (in beta) is a particular new feature that aims to push people to adopt a safer driving style. To calculate the score, Tesla relies on it on 5 parameters precise including the number of frontal collision warnings and hard braking. Tesla provides, within a dedicated page where you can also deepen the complex calculation of this function, some suggestions on how to improve your score.
It is not clear what the minimum score is to be able to enter the beta program. On the Safety Score page you can only read that most drivers will have a score of 80 (out of 100) or higher. In any case, on this issue, Elon Musk, through Twitter, had made it known a few days before the arrival of the button that if the driver will hold proper driving for 7 days, will have access to the beta program. Driving behavior that must remain flawless even later since we already know that some people have been removed from the beta program because they used the new functions incorrectly and dangerously.