Friday, 01 October 2021 15:29

Tesla’s Safety Score System Could Result in Unsafe Driving: Consumer Reports

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati


...being encouraged to find alternative ways to get a high rating.


“Drivers want access to the so-called Full Self-Driving software that they’ve already paid up to $10,000 for, so they may be willing to game the system to get a score that’s good enough,” Fisher said. 


Granted, Tesla’s Safety Scores are still in their early stages, and CEO Elon Musk has said the system is still very much a beta calculation today. Musk said Safety Scores should evolve over time to accurately predict crash probability.


Funkhouser suggested Tesla should optimize its Safety Score metrics as soon as possible. She also suggested adding other metrics to the Safety Score system, such as vehicle speed. 


“Tesla vehicles, more than most other cars on the road, can obtain the context of a drive---why a driver hits the brakes, whether a light is about to turn, what road conditions are like---but the safety score ignores that. Hitting the brakes to avoid a cyclist or a pedestrian doesn’t make you a bad driver,” she said. 


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