Tesla is currently recalling all of its 363,000 US vehicles that are equipped with the Self-Driving software. This is because the automaker’s central feature has a serious security risk. As you may know, self-driving is a system that automatically navigates local roads by controlling the steering, breaks and accelerators. However, there must be a human being behind the steering at all times. The human takes over when the need arises as the software makes some decision errors.
The FSD Feature in Tesla Cars is not Entirely Safe
According to the Nation Highway Traffics Safety Administration’s analysis, Tesla’s FSD feature has led to unreasonable risk to the safety of motor vehicle. This is because the system does not sufficiently adhere to traffic safety laws. This becomes risky for the driver behind the steering especially when at intersections.
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Siting from the notice posted on the website of NHTSA, it reads… “The FSD Beta system may allow the vehicle to act unsafe around intersections. Such as traveling straight through an intersection while in a turn-only lane, entering a stop sign-controlled intersection without coming to a complete stop, or proceeding into an intersection during a steady yellow traffic signal without due caution.” The notice added that Tesla will try to fix the FSD feature which will cost $15,000 via over-the-air update.
Tesla CEO, Elon Musk has not yet commented on the nature of this issue yet but posted a tweet saying, “the word “recall” for an over-the-air software update is anachronistic and just flat wrong!”
The NHTSA will Keep Close Watch on Tesla FSD Problem Recalls
The NHTSA said in another statement that it will keep monitoring the recall remedies for effectiveness.
“Manufacturers must initiate a recall for any repair, including a software update, that remedies an unreasonable risk to safety.” The federal agency said it will “continue to monitor the recall remedies for effectiveness.”
The notice emphasized that the problem is with all four Tesla cars that are currently running Tesla’s Full Self Driving (FSD) software. These include Tesla Model Y, Model S, Model X and Model 3. It also said that between May 8, 2019, and September 12, 2022, Tesla identified 18 incidents that may related to the conditions stated above.
NHTSA said it has also identified about 273 crashes that involved one driver assistant from Tesla. Meanwhile, Elon Musk has said on several occasions that Tesla’s FSD is safer than humans taking the steering wheel, even though it is still in beta state.