Tesla will bring back all 53,822 vehicles with its “full self-driving” driver-assist hallmark following the deliberate programming to slowly roll through stop signs in some situations.
Its recall will affect Model S, X, 3 and Y vehicles that have “full self-driving” software on its beta version enabled. “Full self-driving,” which is surrounded by controversy, is a driver-assist hallmark that seeks to someday enable cars to drive themselves.
The technology, at times, navigates Tesla vehicles swiftly and follows traffic rules such as stopping for red lights. However, in other situations, it has been determined inconsistent, as per statements from startled drivers using the software. Tesla notes that “full self-driving” needs a watchful driver who is prepared to take the wheels at any time.
“Full self-driving” has been rolling through stop signs after its first version’s release in October of 2020. After meetings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this month, Tesla chose to deactivate the feature.
In a statement, the administration said, “The Vehicle Safety Act prohibits manufacturers from selling vehicles with defects posing unreasonable risks to safety, including intentional design choices that are unsafe. If the information shows that a safety risk may exist, NHTSA will act immediately.”
As per the document the auto manufacturer filed, Tesla will deactivate the feature immediately this month in a new and improved version of “full self-driving” software that’s released on the internet. There will be no need for drivers to take their vehicles to be reconditioned.
The feature brought back, called “rolling stop,” enabled vehicles to drive through all-way stop intersections at around 5.6 mph under certain conditions. Drivers have to activate their vehicle to a “full self-driving” style, with the feature included.
The automobile’s “chill” setting, which is the most conservative driving setting of the selections Tesla provides users, is not described as including the feature. The other settings which consist of the feature are the “average” and “assertive.”