Wednesday, 28 Feb 2024

Tesla recalling almost vehicles equipped with 'Full Self-Driving Beta'

BREAKING NEWS: Tesla recalls 363,000 vehicles over self-driving feature CRASH risk – software allows vehicles to speed through intersections in ‘unlawful or unpredictable manner’

Tesla is recalling more than 362,000 vehicles in the US over fears that its self-driving software could cause a crash. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday that the Full Self-Driving Beta software allows the vehicle to ‘exceed speed limits’. 

It is also claimed that the cars ‘travel through intersections in an unlawful or unpredictable manner increases the risk of a crash.’

Tesla will release an over-the-air (OTA) software update, free of charge, and said they are not aware of any injuries or deaths relating to the recall. 

In total 362,758 of the expensive vehicles are being recalled, with CEO Elon Musk yet to comment on the announcement.  

The problem is expected to be rectified by the online software update in the coming weeks

In total 362,758 of the expensive vehicles are being recalled, with CEO Elon Musk yet to comment on the announcement 

Documents from the NHTSA say Tesla is doing the recall but does not agree with an agency analysis of the problem.

The problem is expected to be rectified by the online software update in the coming weeks. 

It comes days after Musk was accused of ‘dishonesty’ by Silicon Valley legend Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs in 1976.

He said he was deeply unimpressed by the South African-born billionaire’s inability to fulfill the promises he makes with Tesla.

A 2016 video that Tesla used to promote its self-driving technology was staged to show capabilities like stopping at a red light and accelerating at a green light that the system did not have, according to testimony by a senior engineer.

The testimony was part of a July deposition taken as evidence in a lawsuit against Tesla for a 2018 fatal crash involving a former Apple engineer.

Speaking to CNBC’s Squawk Box Wozniak said of the self-driving software: ‘It makes mistakes all the time. It’s a horrible, frightening experience.

My life has been based on total honesty. Everything you say is totally honest. You don’t hide things, you don’t describe things, you don’t make things up to make yourself seem better.

It comes days after Musk was accused of ‘dishonesty’ by Silicon Valley legend Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs in 1976 

Ashok Elluswamy, director of Autopilot software at Tesla, said in the July transcript that Musk ordered the 2016 video to promote self-driving, even though it was not ready 

‘A lot of honesty disappears when you look at Elon Musk and Tesla.’

Wozniak, asked whether he thought Musk and Jobs were similar, said they both were leaders of ‘a cult’ – which he felt was dangerous.

In 2019, Musk claimed that Teslas would turn into ‘robotaxis’ which were so advanced their owners ‘could go to sleep’ in the vehicle while it chauffeurs them around.

Wozniak, asked whether he thought Musk and Jobs were similar, said they both were leaders of ‘a cult’ – which he felt was dangerous.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday that the Full Self-Driving Beta software allows the vehicle to ‘exceed speed limits’

Musk is seen in 2015 unveiling the Model X SUV in California

In 2019, Musk claimed that Teslas would turn into ‘robotaxis’ which were so advanced their owners ‘could go to sleep’ in the vehicle while it chauffeurs them around.

Ashok Elluswamy, director of Autopilot software at Tesla, said in the July transcript that Musk ordered the 2016 video to promote self-driving, even though it was not ready.

The video carries a tagline saying: ‘The person in the driver’s seat is only there for legal reasons. He is not doing anything. The car is driving itself.’

Elluswamy said Tesla’s Autopilot team set out to engineer and record a ‘demonstration of the system’s capabilities’ at the request of Musk.

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