In the United States, 54,000 Tesla will be recalled following a malfunction of the FSD Beta driving assistance system which does not necessarily mark a stop at a “Stop”
As you are surely aware, Tesla relies heavily on the technologies embedded in its cars, and in particular those related to automated driving. Via updates, the American firm adds (or removes, in the case of the subject we are discussing) features. This is particularly the case of the “rolling stop” function integrated since October 10, 2020 into the FSD Beta driving assistance system.
This feature allows the car to continue its course after a “Stop” sign if it is moving less than 9 km/h, if no other vehicle, cyclist or pedestrian has been detected at the intersection, if the speed other roads in the intersection is limited to 50 km/h and if visibility is sufficient. This requires incalculable data processing, and obviously Tesla needs to make some fixes to it.
Indeed, after two meetings with the NHTSA, the American highway safety agency, Tesla decided on January 20 to deactivate this program, recognizing that it was likely “to increase the risk of collision”. Thereby, 54,000 models are subject to a recall in the United States. The cars affected are Model 3s built between 2017 and 2022, Model S (2016-2022), Model X (2016-2022) and Model Y (2020-2022).
No accidents to report
As stated above, Tesla can manage almost everything remotely. Thereby, the deactivation of this system will be done remotely and, of course, free of charge. Owners affected by this recall will be contacted by mail from the end of March. Good news, however, Tesla says it has no knowledge of any accident, injury or death caused by using the feature.
As a reminder, the FSD Beta is tested in real conditions by more than 60,000 drivers. Elon Musk, the boss of Tesla, estimated on this occasion that fully autonomous driving software was possible “by the end of the year”.
Already several recalls for Tesla
The recall campaigns are linked for the American firm, as for many other manufacturers that said, since this follows that of 7,600 vehicles last November for risks related to the driver’s airbag. Last December, more than half a million cars were recalled for trunk problems. Tesla also disabled the feature last December allowing drivers to play video games while behind the wheel.
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