Elon Musk gives NHTSA access to FSD Beta after they were frustrated and confused by Safety Score requirement

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If you have been frustrated and confused by maintaining a high Safety Score and still not being granted access to Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta program, you are not alone.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is in the same situation, and earlier this year they reached out directly to Tesla to find out what they needed to do to finally get the software.

According to a letter sent by NHTSA division Chief Gregory Magno dated January 27, 2022, Magno says their Tesla with FSD has over 700 miles (1,126km) of driving with a Safety Score of 99. Both the mileage and high Safety Score meet the stated requirements.

Wondering what they are doing wrong, Magno requests in his letter “your time and expertise to assess our situation and help us understand what additional steps we might need to take.”

The letter was recently uncovered by current FSD Beta tester @WholeMarsBlog, who tweeted a copy of it saying “Even NHTSA is sick of safety score.” Elon Musk was tagged in the tweet, and he replied soon after saying “ok we’ll turn it on” accompanied with a laughing emoji.

Given that nearly 7 months have passed since the original request was made, it is possible the NHTSA has already received the software in a subsequent update and Musk was simply not aware.

Either way, it shows how frustrating the Safety Score requirement can be, even for the likes of a federal agency tasked with “keeping people safe on America’s roadways.”

Let us know in the comments below if you have a high Safety Score and are still waiting for FSD Beta.

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