Tesla recalls 54,000 self-driving cars because of rolling stop errors – National
Tesla is recalling nearly 54,000 cars and SUVs because its “Full Self-Driving” software allows them to skim stop signs without having to come to a complete stop.
Documents posted Tuesday by US safety regulators say that Tesla will disable the feature with a software update over the internet. The “stop rolling” feature allows vehicles to pass through stop-signed intersections in all directions at up to 5.6 mph.
Tesla agreed to the recall after two meetings with officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to the documents. Tesla says it is not aware of accidents or injuries caused by the feature.
The recall covers Model S sedans and X SUVs from 2016 to 2022, as well as Model 3 sedans from 2017 to 2022 and Model Y SUVs from 2020 to 2022.
Selected Tesla drivers are “beta testing” the “Full Self-Driving” software on public roads. The company says cars cannot drive themselves and drivers must be ready for action at all times.
A firmware release to disable deployment breakpoints is expected to be released in early February.
A message was left early Tuesday seeking comment from Tesla, which has disbanded its media relations department.
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NHTSA said in the documents that failing to stop at a sign can increase the risk of a collision.
Safety advocates complain that Tesla should not be allowed to test vehicles with untrained drivers and that Tesla’s software could misbehave, leaving motorists and Other pedestrians are in danger. Most other auto companies have similar software that tests with trained human safety drivers.
Tesla introduced the “stop rolling” feature in a software update sent out to test owners on October 20. NHTSA met with Tesla on January 10 and 19 to discuss how the part will work. software works, the documents said. On January 20, the company agreed to disable rolling stops with a software update.
Owners will receive the required notification letter by March 28.
The “stop rolling” feature allows Teslas to pass stop signs on all roads as long as the owner has enabled the function. Vehicles must be traveling below 5.6 mph when approaching the intersection and cannot detect a car, pedestrian or cyclist “involved” moving nearby. The documents say all roads leading to the intersection must have a speed limit of 30 mph or less. Teslas will then be allowed to pass through the intersection at 0.1 mph to 5.6 mph without coming to a complete stop.
Alain Kornhuser, chair of the department of autonomous vehicle engineering at Princeton University, said the recall is an example of NHTSA doing its job as the nation’s road safety watchdog. . The recalls “show that they can be effective even if Tesla should have been more accountable in the first place,” he said.
In November, NHTSA said it was looking into a complaint from a Tesla driver that “Full Self-Driving” software caused an accident. The driver complained to the agency that the Model Y was in the wrong lane and was hit by another vehicle. According to the complaint, the SUV warned the driver while turning, and the driver attempted to steer to avoid other traffic, according to the complaint. But the car lost control and “forced itself into the wrong lane,” the driver reported. No one was injured in the November 3 crash in Brea, California, according to the lawsuit.
In December, Tesla agreed to update its “Autopilot” driver assistance system to be less complicated after NHTSA opened an investigation. The company has agreed to stop allowing video games to be played on the central touchscreen while its vehicle is in motion.
The agency is also investigating why Teslas on Autopilot repeatedly crashed into emergency vehicles parked on the roadway.
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