Tesla has launched a new version of their Safety Score tool, updating it to version 1.2 with some new features and enhancements that will hopefully make owners happier with how their score is calculated.
Here is what has changed.
Late Night Driving
There are two big changes, one of which is a new metric used in the calculation of your Safety Score that likely won’t make some owners happy – Late Night Driving. According to Tesla, this is defined as driving between 10:00pm and 4:00am, and is measured by the number of seconds driven during this time (including when on Autopilot) divided by the total number of seconds spent driving that day.
If your late night driving sessions spans two days (i.e., goes past midnight), your score is calculated using stats from the second day. The value is capped at 29.3% in the Safety Score formula.
You will want to avoid driving during these hours as Tesla says it will result in a lower Safety Score, capping the value at 29.3% in the formula. If you are wondering why they are adding this metric, the statistics show that driving late at night or early in the morning is more dangerous due to things like reduced visibility, distractions, and drowsiness.
Another big change is the addition of a trip visualization. One of the more common complaints about Safety Score is that there is no real-time feedback while you are driving to know when have just done something wrong (other than Forward Collision Warnings and Autopilot Disengagements which provide on-screen prompts).
While they haven’t given you real-time feedback for other metrics, you can now access a visualization after your drive that shows you when specific events that impacted your score occurred.
Tesla didn’t provide an example of what this visualization looks like, but one of our readers in Texas, Brian (check out his YouTube channel), shared these images with us to show us what it looks like.
For privacy reasons, the visualization doesn’t show location data, and is simply a linear visualization that shows the Trip Start and Trip End times, with timestamps for any events in between.
In Brian’s case he started his trip at 7:16pm, engaged Autopilot at 7:21pm, and ended his drive at 7:24pm. The drive scored 100 so there were no other events to measure on the timeline.
The visualization is accessed through a new ‘View Last Trip’ tab, which appears to indicate it only stores your most recent drive, so be sure to view it after each drive so you don’t miss out.
Tesla has also made some other adjustments to how the Safety Score is calculated.
After you manually disengage Autopilot, they have increased the grace period before an event can impact your score from 3 seconds to 5 seconds.
Hard Braking and Aggressive Turning have been updated to count the number of events, rather than the duration of each event.
The Forward Collision Warning rate Safety Factor has been updated to be capped at 117.5 per 1,000 non-Autopilot miles in the Safety Score formula, instead or 101.9.
Finally, the Safety Score formula now uses the miles-weighted average of the last 30 day’s Safety Score, while still ignoring distance driven on Autopilot.
In an update to the Safety Score support page, Tesla doesn’t say in which markets Safety Score v1.2 is available, but says you can see which version you are enrolled in by opening your Tesla mobile app and scrolling to the bottom of the Safety Score screen.
As we mentioned above, we know it is at least available in Texas.
UPDATE 10:38am PT: We have also been able to confirm version 1.2 is not yet available in Nevada.
UPDATE 11:44am PT: Also confirmed now that it is not yet available in Maryland.
If you are on the new Safety Score v1.2, let us know where you are in the comments below and share with us your trip visualizations to show us what a event against your score looks like. You can tag us on Twitter (@driveteslaca) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.