Tesla is recalling roughly 54,000 vehicles because their “Full Self-Driving” software allows them to go through stop signs.
The “rolling stop” feature lets vehicles go through crossings with all-way stop signs at up to 5.6mph (9 km/h).
Tesla consented to the recall following two discussions with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
According to the company owned by Elon Musk, the feature has caused no crashes or injuries.
Model S sedans and X SUVs from 2016 to 2022 are included in the recall, as well as Model 3 cars from 2017 to 2022 and Model Y SUVs from 2020 to 2022.
A few Tesla drivers have been “beta testing” the “Full Self-Driving” software on public roads.
But the corporation claims that the cars cannot drive themselves and that drivers must always be ready to act.
Early February will see a firmware update release that will prevent the rolling stops.
In documents, the NHTSA stated that failing to stop for a sign can raise the chance of a collision.
Safety groups say Tesla should not be permitted to test its vehicles in traffic with untrained drivers since the software could malfunction, putting other motorists and pedestrians in danger.
The majority of other automakers jobs that use similar software do tests with qualified human safety drivers.
Tesla’s “rolling stop” feature was implemented in a software update sent out to testing owners on October 20.
According to the records, NHTSA met with Tesla twice in January to discuss how the software works.
On Thursday, January 20, the business agreed to disable the rolling halt with a software update.
Owners will get the required notification letters on March 28.
The documents say as long as the “rolling stop” functionality was engaged, Teslas could drive through all-way stop signs.
When approaching the intersection, the vehicles must be going at or below 5.6 mph, with no “relevant” moving cars, pedestrians, or bicyclists in the vicinity.
According to the documentation, all roads leading to the crossroads have to have speed restrictions of 30 mph or less.
The Tesla vehicles would subsequently be allowed to pass through the intersection at speeds ranging from 0.1 to 5.6 miles per hour without coming to a complete stop.
Alain Kornhauser, Princeton University’s professor chair of autonomous vehicle engineering, said the recall is an example of the NHTSA doing its job as the country’s road safety watchdog.
He said it “shows that they can be effective even if Tesla should have been more responsible in the first place.”
The NHTSA announced in November that it was investigating a complaint from a Tesla driver who claimed that the “Full Self-Driving” software was to blame for a crash.
According to the driver, the Model Y went into the wrong lane and was hit by another vehicle.
According to the lawsuit, the SUV alerted the driver halfway through the turn, and the driver attempted to turn the wheel to avoid other cars.
The car, however, grabbed control and “pushed itself into the incorrect lane,” according to the driver.
According to the complaint, no one was injured in the incident on November 3 in Brea, California.
After the NHTSA started an inquiry in December, Tesla agreed to update its less sophisticated “Autopilot” driver-assist system.
While its vehicles are driving, the business agreed to stop allowing video games to be played on the central touch screens.
The agency also is investigating why Teslas on Autopilot have repeatedly crashed into emergency vehicles parked on roadways.
A message was left seeking comment from Tesla, which has disbanded its media relations department.
Source: The Guardian