Tesla – The concept of an automobile driving itself has long appealed to users, especially when there is traffic or a distance to go.
At first, it was merely a concept, but Elon Musk and Tesla were able to turn it into a reality.
With the implementation of the “Full Self Driving” assistance software, the reaction has been unpredictable.
Tesla had to recall a few vehicles last year due to its self-driving capabilities.
The company intends to recall even more vehicles this year.
Each of the 363,000 “Full Self Driving” Teslas in the US is apparently being recalled.
Another blow to Tesla’s key differentiator is the fact that the firm decided to base its choice on safety considerations.
On local roads, the autonomous driving feature uses artificial intelligence to steer, brake, and accelerate the vehicle.
Also, a human driver must always be ready to take control because the machine has a tendency to make bad judgment choices.
Due to a disregard for traffic safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has ruled that Tesla’s FSD feature presents an excessively high risk to motor vehicle safety.
The organization warned that FSD could be able to violate traffic laws at intersections before drivers can respond.
Recently, the NHTSA published a recall on its website, stating:
“The FSD Beta system may allow the vehicle to act unsafe around intersections, such as traveling straight through an intersection without coming to a complete stop, or proceeding into an intersection during a steady yellow traffic signal without due caution.”
Fixing the system
Tesla will pay $15,000 to patch its software over the air in order to solve the FSD function, according to the NHTSA letter.
The CEO, Elon Musk, has not yet made a public remark on the matter.
He has only ever used the word “recall” in his tweets to describe an OTA software update and to point out that it is unreliable and outdated.
But, according to the NHTSA statement, manufacturers must initiate a recall for changes, such as software updates, that lower an unacceptably high safety risk.
Reps for the government assert that they are now evaluating the effectiveness of recall remedies.
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The warning states that the problems have only been documented in vehicles using the most recent FSD software version.
The software is used by the following four Tesla models:
- Model S
- Model X
- Model 3
- Model Y
According to the letter, the company discovered 18 reports of incidents that may have been connected to relevant occurrences between May 8, 2019, and September 12, 2022.
According to the NHTSA, Tesla is not aware of any events that have resulted in injuries or fatalities.
Federal authorities claim that 273 accidents used the Tesla driving assistance system.
Tesla sees FSD as the core of the company’s business strategy due to the premiums customers pay for its facilities and its capacity to attract customers with its automobiles.
Elon Musk and the company have maintained that the FSD is safer than manual cars even if it is still in the development stage.
Musk informed investors in January that the company received information from FSD users who had traveled more than 100 million miles away from highways.
“Our published data shows that improvement in safety,” said the CEO.
“It’s very clear. So we would not have released the FSD Beta if the safety statistics were not excellent.”
Nevertheless, safety experts disagree with Tesla’s safety claims.
Tesla vehicles that employed FSD and its predecessor, the “Autopilot,” have been involved in high-profile accidents.
Several events have resulted in fatalities.
Furthermore, the NHTSA is investigating Autopilot.
The system combines adaptive cruise control with lane-keeping assist to keep the car in its lane, as opposed to the “full self-driving” concept.
Tesla plans to concentrate on developing autonomous driving technologies in the future.
Although the recall is meant to address a specific set of problems, it does not cover initial inquiries.
“Accordingly, the agency’s investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot and associated vehicle system remains open and active,” said its statement.
The US Justice Department reportedly asked for documents pertaining to Tesla’s Autopilot and FSD technology in January, citing the company’s annual financial report.
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