Electrek reported that Tesla is bringing the Green Light Chime function to more car owners, which is expected to ease the road rage of the majority of traffic participants. Previously limited to customers using the FSD beta, the system can recognize when traffic lights have changed and alert the driver with an audible alert when they turn green.
The good news is that with the 2022.20 firmware release, Tesla is rolling out the feature to more cars with FSD hardware.
While the Green Light Chime may only be available on vehicles with HW 3.0 hardware, at least drivers won’t have to pay extra (or buy a more expensive FSD kit) to “unlock” this new feature.
The official documentation states that to activate the feature, go to ‘Controls → Autopilot → Green Light Beep’ to enable it. Then when the traffic light turns green, the system will beep.
If you’re waiting behind another vehicle, the vehicle will play a chime as it moves forward – unless ‘traffic-aware cruise control’ or Autosteer is enabled.
Even so, Tesla emphasized that the chime is designed for notification only and that it is still the driver’s responsibility to observe their surroundings and take over decision-making.
Electrek’s Fred Lambert points out that sometimes you can focus on talking to people and ignore the shift in traffic lights.
But after experiencing it for a while, he found the feature to be quite useful—hopefully, it can effectively reduce road rage caused by the slow start of the car in front.
By the way, the “green light countdown” function of the Audi e-Tron is also pretty cool. While waiting at a red light, a countdown will appear on the dashboard to tell the driver when the light will turn green.
Sadly, the feature is only available in cities with smart traffic light systems (like Sacramento). However, with the popularity of infrastructure construction, Tesla may also be introduced in future updates.
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