Tesla secures a deal to make cars safer through an over-the-air update

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On Wednesday, Tesla closed a deal with Emergency Safety Solutions (ESS) to implement ESS’s Hazard Enhanced Location Protocol (H.E.L.P.) technology into its cars. The tech will help prevent Tesla vehicles from crashing into vehicles that are pulled over on the side of the road. 

Tesla will deploy H.E.L.P. on a wide range of Tesla vehicles via over-the-air software updates. The implementation will initially be limited to vehicles in North America. Since H.E.L.P is a software-based solution, it will use the existing vehicle hardware and lighting systems present in Tesla vehicles to improve vehicle safety. 

This agreement will make Tesla the first automaker to implement H.E.L.P technology. 

“Tesla is a leader in bringing first-time innovation to passenger vehicles and is leading the way by implementing H.E.L.P. technology on potentially millions of Tesla vehicles worldwide,” Tom Metzger, CEO of ESS, said in a release. 

H.E.L.P aims to save lives by eliminating preventable crashes into cars that are stopped or disabled near active roadways, an issue that affects more than 72,000 people yearly in the US, with 15,000 injured or killed, according to the ESS website. 

To prevent further accidents like from this happening, H.E.L.P first enables your hazard lights to blink at higher emergency-based flash rates, at a 4.5 Hz rate compared to the current hazard flash rate of 1.0 to 2.0 Hz. 

In addition, H.E.L.P. sends out alerts to oncoming drivers through audio and digital signals that show up on their navigation screen, so that cars have more time to react and avoid collisions. 

The system, which includes the lighting and digital alerts, can be implemented manually or automatically. If there is a collision, the system will automatically activate, but drivers also have the option to manually activate the system when in park. 

Last week, Tesla made another change regarding its vehicle safety features as well. The company announced it was removing ultrasonic sensors, sensors typically used to support anti-collision safety systems in its cars, to lean into Tesla Vision instead.



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