Elon Musk’s Tesla is recalling 2 million cars over self-driving feature
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Two million Tesla vehicles have been recalled following a two-year investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The agency found that self-driving car models — including Models Y, S, 3, and To an increase in debris and accidents.
Tesla will release a software update with restrictions on where Autopilot features like Autosteer and Traffic Aware Cruise Control can be used. According to the recall documents, “If a driver attempts to engage Autosteer when engagement conditions are not met, the feature will alert the driver that it is unavailable through visual and audible alerts, and Autosteer will not engage.”
according to News agencyTesla did not agree with the findings of the NHTSA investigation — which arose from a number of incidents involving their self-driving cars — but accepted the recall in hopes of resolving the investigation. In February, 360,000 Tesla vehicles equipped with its fully self-driving beta software were also recalled.
Tesla began deploying the updated software in vehicles this week, including additional safety features. “The remedy will include additional controls and alerts to those already in place in the affected vehicles to further encourage the driver to adhere to continued driving responsibility when operating Autosteer, which includes keeping their hands on the wheel and paying attention to the road.” According to the documents.
The updated controls in eligible vehicles will also include increased “prominence of visual alerts on the user interface, simplification of engagement and disengagement from Autosteer, additional checks when Autosteer is engaged and while using the feature outside of controlled highways and when approaching traffic controls, and Permanent suspension from use of Autosteer if a driver repeatedly fails to demonstrate consistent and sustained driving responsibility while the feature is turned on.
The update should help reduce driver misuse of the self-driving feature. Autopilot has been involved in at least 17 fatal accidents, according to data from the research institute Washington Post, which reported: “When authorities first released a partial tally of accidents involving Autopilot in June 2022, they counted only three deaths conclusively linked to the technology.” Additional injuries also associated with impaired sensory awareness have been reported.
Two years ago, Musk claimed that Tesla would be able to operate fully autonomously by 2022. Then in 2022, the billionaire CEO stated that a self-driving feature in cars is “actually the difference between a Tesla being worth a lot of money or being worth it at all.” Zero,” he said The Independent.
In interviews, former Tesla employees shared their vision of the internal chaos at the company that pushed Musk’s promise of a fully self-driving car off track. “No one believed me that working for Elon was like this until they saw how he ran Twitter,” said John Bernal, a former Tesla test worker who worked in the Autopilot division. Washington Post Earlier this year. He referred to Twitter as “the tip of the iceberg of how Tesla is run.”