Tesla expands green traffic light chime – reducing road rage
Tesla is bringing its Green Light Chime feature, which was previously only available to people with full self-driving (FSD) beta, to most of its cars, helping to reduce road rage at traffic lights.
When Tesla began integrating traffic light controls into its vehicles equipped with its fully self-driving (FSD) capability set, the automaker introduced a feature that would recognize when a traffic light turns green and sound a chime. to inform the driver.
With the new 2022.20 software update, Tesla has extended the functionality to all cars with Autopilot when “traffic light and stop sign control” is enabled:
A chime will sound when the light you are waiting for turns green. If you are waiting behind another car, the chime will sound once the car is moving forward, unless dynamic cruise control or automatic guidance is activated. When traffic light and stop sign control is enabled, a chime will sound when you can confirm to go through a green traffic light.
Although the feature has been extended, it looks like it would only work with vehicles equipped with Hardware Computer 3.0 – also known as the Autonomous Driving Computer – but it doesn’t look like drivers need to purchase the expensive self-driving package to enable the feature.
Tesla explains how to enable the feature:
To activate, tap Controls > Autopilot > Green Light Chime.
In the release notes, the automaker notes that the chime is “intended as a notification only” and is still “the driver’s responsibility to observe their surroundings and make decisions accordingly.”
I’ve had this feature for a while now, and find it useful. When I’m arguing with my girlfriend at a red light, sometimes I can’t see when it turns green, and the chime comes in handy.
Hopefully this can help reduce some road rage, as some people get angry quickly when people don’t speed up right away when it turns green.
The next step would be to have a green light countdown – something Audi has in some of its newer vehicles. I experienced it in the e-tron in Sacramento, and it’s pretty cool. It only works in cities where their traffic light system supports integration, but there are a growing number of such cities. When stopping at a red light, a countdown is displayed on the instrument cluster to let you know when the light is about to turn green.
Maybe Tesla could add this in a future software update.
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