Tesla is updating its self-driving software in response to concerns raised by US safety officials that it could permit drivers to travel at unsafe speeds or through intersections. According to government filings, the recall affects nearly 363,000 vehicles in the United States. Tesla asserted that it was unaware of any incidents involving fatalities or injuries.
The autopilot system of the company has been under investigation by US authorities. The recall notice states that representatives of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) met with Tesla in January to express concerns regarding the software’s full self-driving beta.
According to the NHTSA, the system allowed actions like driving through a yellow light, going straight through an intersection from a turn-only lane, or not stopping completely at a stop sign that could infringe on local laws or customs.
NHTSA said that FSD Beta software increases the risk of a crash if it permits a vehicle to travel through intersections in an illegal or unpredictable manner or to exceed speed limits. According to the filing, Tesla stated that while it disagreed with the agency’s conclusions, it decided to issue a recall out of an abundance of caution. The vehicles’ owners are being informed.
The full self-driving beta system, the company’s most advanced autopilot technology, has been the subject of two recalls. It gives the car the ability to respond to stop signs and traffic lights in addition to other features like cruise control and steering, and it costs $15,000 for drivers in North America.
Due to the fact that the system allowed the cars to roll through stop signs, Tesla recalled nearly 54,000 vehicles last year. Tesla model S and X automobiles with the full self-driving beta software installed or pending are affected by the most recent recall. The system also has an effect on Model Y and Model 3 automobiles.
Tesla said that it was aware of 18 warranty claims regarding the issue. According to Tesla and the NHTSA, the automaker’s advanced driving features do not make the vehicles autonomous and necessitate attentive driving.
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