Tesla Recalls Over 360,000 Vehicles Due to Self-Driving Feature’s Safety Risks.
Electric car manufacturer Tesla is recalling over 360,000 vehicles worldwide due to safety concerns with their self-driving feature. The recall comes after reports of the software allowing vehicles to speed through intersections in an “unlawful or unpredictable manner”, which has resulted in several accidents.
The self-driving feature, known as Autopilot, has been a controversial topic since its introduction. While Tesla has touted it as a major breakthrough in autonomous driving, critics have pointed out that it still requires human supervision and can be dangerous if not used properly.
According to Tesla’s statement, the recall is due to a problem with Autopilot’s software that can cause some vehicles to behave erratically at intersections. Specifically, the software can allow vehicles to accelerate through intersections, which can result in collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians.
NHTSA’s Findings on Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Beta Software.
In addition to the previously reported issues with Tesla’s Autopilot feature, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently found that the Full Self-Driving Beta software also poses safety risks. Specifically, the software allows the vehicle to exceed speed limits, which can result in accidents and collisions.
Furthermore, the NHTSA’s investigation revealed that the software causes the cars to travel through intersections in an unlawful or unpredictable manner, which significantly increases the risk of a crash. These findings prompted Tesla’s recall of over 360,000 vehicles worldwide.
Tesla has responded to the recall by stating that the safety of its drivers and passengers is its top priority. The company has urged all affected vehicle owners to schedule a service appointment at a Tesla service center to have the software updated.
Furthermore, Tesla has emphasized that the recall is voluntary, and no accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of the software issue. However, it is important for vehicle owners to take this recall seriously and have their vehicles serviced as soon as possible to ensure their safety and the safety of others on the road.
Despite the recall, Tesla has reportedly disagreed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) analysis of the problem. According to documents from the agency, Tesla is performing the recall but does not agree with the NHTSA’s findings.
Tesla has stated that the safety of its drivers and passengers is its top priority, and the problem is expected to be rectified by an online software update in the coming weeks. However, it is unclear how this update will address the safety concerns identified by the NHTSA.
The recall and NHTSA’s analysis are the latest controversies surrounding Tesla’s self-driving technology. Silicon Valley legend Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs in 1976, recently accused Tesla CEO Elon Musk of dishonesty and criticized the company’s inability to fulfill its promises.
Furthermore, a 2016 video used by Tesla to promote its self-driving technology was reportedly staged to show capabilities that the system did not have, according to testimony by a senior engineer in a lawsuit against Tesla for a 2018 fatal crash.
Wozniak also criticized the self-driving software, describing it as making “mistakes all the time” and a “horrible, frightening experience”. These criticisms highlight the challenges and risks associated with autonomous driving technology and emphasize the need for continued research and development to ensure the safety and reliability of these systems.
In 2019, Elon Musk claimed that Teslas would become a ‘robot axis’ that could be so advanced that their owners could go to sleep while the vehicle chauffeured them around. However, the recent recall and criticisms of Tesla’s self-driving technology raise questions about the feasibility and safety of such claims.
A 2016 video used by Tesla to promote its self-driving technology was reportedly staged to show capabilities that the system did not have, according to testimony by a senior engineer. Ashok Elluswamy, director of Autopilot software at Tesla, revealed in a July transcript that Elon Musk had ordered the video to be made to promote self-driving, even though the technology was not ready.
The video featured a tagline claiming that the person in the driver’s seat was only there for legal reasons and that the car was driving itself. This staged demonstration of the system’s capabilities highlights the pressure faced by Tesla to showcase its self-driving technology to potential customers and investors.