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Tesla’s software-related recalls span 11,704 vehicles

Tesla issued a safety recall on about 12,000 vehicles on Tuesday due to a “software communication error” related to the update it announced last month. This issue has been addressed to drivers who are part of Tesla’s limited early access full self-driving beta population, including models S, X, 3, and Y vehicles released between 2017 and 2021. Affected.

As detailed in the safety recall report According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), errors related to communication problems between two in-vehicle chips could result in false forward collision warnings and automatic emergency braking, risking passengers being hit by a car behind them. I have. When a function is activated unexpectedly while driving.

On October 14, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced: twitter The company plans to release new firmware updates for drivers with higher safety scores ( metric Tracked by an electric vehicle based on average behavior behind the wheels). He updated a Twitter thread a little over a week later, stating that there was a problem and the company would return the car to its previous beta full self-driving.

“This is what you would expect from beta software. It’s a public beta because it’s not possible to test every hardware configuration under all conditions using internal QA,” Musk added. I did. Due to some issues with 10.3, we will temporarily roll back to 10.2. Please note that this is expected in beta software. It is not possible to test all hardware configurations under all conditions using an internal QA, or public beta. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 24, 2021 The NHTSA report explains that customers began reporting warning and braking issues within a day of the October 23 rollout. The company stated that it was able to identify the “root cause” and develop a fix (a software update installed on all but 17 affected vehicles), but still chose to proceed with the recall. Gizmodo So far, it’s been called the “most important US recall,” especially related to “driving assistance features,” but the article states that this isn’t the first time Tesla’s full self-driving beta has been scrutinized. I am. Consumer report Experts repetition Expressed concern About its features and Tesla’s choice to deploy them to customers driving on regular roads for beta testing.

This is also not Tesla’s first brush to use NHTSA. Federal agencies inquiry We entered the company this summer after repeated incidents of Tesla colliding with an emergency vehicle in autopilot mode.And just two weeks before Tesla voluntarily proceeded with this recall in October, NHTSA letter We asked Eddie Gates, the company’s director of field quality, for additional information to recognize this autopilot issue and understand why Tesla didn’t issue it.

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“NHTSA reminds the public that cars on the market today cannot be driven on their own,” a spokeswoman for NHTSA said. popular In August email about emergency vehicle inquiries. “All available vehicles must be under the constant control of a human driver, and all state […]

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