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What’s in Tesla’s software update 2020.24.6

June 22, 2020

As of June 22, 2020, Tesla has started rolling out a new software update, 2020.24.6, which introduces a new cabin camera and green lights follow to all Teslas (not Early Access only anymore). See the release notes and read more about 2020.24.6 here.

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Are Tesla cars safer than ICE cars?

According to Doctor_McKay ’s estimations (thanks for sharing!) Tesla cars are actually safer than ICE cars. It’s nice to see this hypothesis backed with real data, check out the numbers.

Read more: Reddit

From issue #8

Built for safety

Tesla’s are so safe that I have a hard time imagining my family in any other car. After all, Tesla is well known for building their vehicles around safety, not an overall five star rating but five stars in each category. They just published a site to explain the world how they think about it, cool stuff!

From issue #156

Extending the FSD Beta program using the safety rating

As we said above, Tesla released the safety score almost a week ago. Elon tweeted this week that they will start adding around 1,000 people/day to the FSD Beta and they will start with the ones with the highest scores.

From issue #183

Folks not paying attention are getting warnings and will be kicked out of FSD Beta if it repeats

Tesla is taking seriously enforcing people paying attention to the road when using FSD Beta and seems to be sending warning emails to folks who aren’t paying enough attention to the nags.

From issue #187

How the Tesla Model 3 became the world's safest car

Great compilation of the reasons why the Model 3 has become the world’s safest car. Really informative and well put together Cameron.

From issue #63

i1Tesla creates emergency rear door release

Although Elon confirmed this week that in case of an accident all doors unlock automatically, this is probably pretty handy as well.

From issue #44

Impact Report: Tesla compares vehicle fires between its fleet and the US average

As a Tesla owner, I’m tired of keep seeing random people on the internet pointing out how likely is a Tesla to catch fire. This is mainly driven by the media covering every single time a Tesla catches fire, but not when it happens to cars of other brands. In this data published by Tesla, we can see that Tesla’s (and EVs in general) are 10 times less likely to catch fire. I love data 🤓

From issue #178

Interested in knowing more about your Safety Score?

If you are, the well-known Stats for Tesla App gives you a nice view, including how many miles do you have to drive with a perfect score to go to the next score as well as how to reach 100. Oh, they are also tracking how many people got into FSD Beta, take a look!

From issue #187

Model 3 earns 5 star safety rating from Euro NCAP

The Tesla Model 3 just achieved one of the highest Safety Assist scores the Euro NCAP has seen to date. I have to warn you that this video can hurt sensibilities (a bunch of Model 3s were harmed during these tests). IMHO the most impressive part is after minute 2, where it shows how the car avoids colisions. As Elon said, “the best crash safety system is not crashing in the first place”.

From issue #66

More advanced safety features for Tesla owners

Tesla started releasing Lane Departure Avoidance and Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance with the new 2019.16 firmware. It is great to see Tesla getting better and better on safety issues. All owners with the hardware necessary (probably HW2 and after) will get these features since safety features don’t require you to have purchased AP or FSD.

Read more: Tesla

From issue #58

Tesla crash lab

Tesla published a first look at their crash lab, clearly a state of the art installation given all the ratings their cars have. Thanks Tesla for showing it to us!

From issue #81

Tesla seeks approval for a sensor that could detect child left in hot cars

Tesla wants permission to use unlicensed millimeter-wave sensors that would operate at higher power levels than allowed under existing rules. Tesla added it “can differentiate between a child and an object left on the seat, reducing the likelihood of false alarms” and can detect “micromovements like breathing patterns and heart rates, neither of which can be captured by cameras or in-seat sensors alone.” It’s worth mentioning that Tesla already comes with the cabin overheat protection, which would make it a bit less dangerous in case you accidentally left a child in the car (I hope you don’t!). With the system described in the article, it would be even better!

From issue #126

Tesla Vehicle Safety Report

The safest car is the one that doesn’t get in an accident in the first place and Tesla’s Autopilot keep gotten better and better:

  • Q4 2018 - 2.94 million miles per accident
  • Q4 2019 - 3.07 million miles per accident
  • Q4 2020 - 3.45 million miles per accident
From issue #147

Tesla’s Model Y is the company’s latest five-star safety rated car

Another Tesla, another car that gets a five-star rating in the safety tests. Tesla has always put vehicle safety front and center while designing their vehicles. The safest car is the one that doesn’t get in an accident in the first place, and Tesla has shown repeatedly how their vehicles are not only the best at protecting the passengers during accidents but also at preventing them in the first place. I don’t know about you, but I want my family on the safest vehicle while we are on the road.

Warning: this link contains graphic images of Model Ys been hurt!

From issue #146

Turning biodefense mode from the app?

John from TOSV asked and Elon confirmed. In the future, it would be great if Tesla turns it on automatically based on the quality of the air. Honestly, with all these wildfires, I’m waiting for Tesla to release the retrofit to the Model Y.

From issue #179