Tesla is forced to repair more than 50,000 cars in the United States because of a controversial software feature that has seen vehicles fail to stop at certain junctions.
When using the company’s so-called “full self-driving” mode, which is a driver assistance feature that forces motorists to pay attention to the road, some models have passed junctions that require all the cars to stop.
The fix, which the company will perform via a remote software update, was agreed to by Tesla after meetings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the US traffic safety regulator, according to documents posted on the site. Regulatory body web.
The fix affects all four of Tesla’s models – the S, 3, X and Y – for customers using fully autonomous driving mode, which is still officially in beta testing.
The “rolling stop” feature was controversial when it was introduced by Tesla in the software package, as it attempts to mimic driving behavior that is common in some places but illegal in many US states.
Rather than stopping at a “stop” junction, vehicles simply slow to a crawl, allowing the driver to see if the lane is clear, before speeding up again.
Safety campaigners said rolling stops lead to more collisions, both with other vehicles and with pedestrians or cyclists.
Tesla drivers using the FSD package can choose whether they want to be “cold”, “mean” or “assertive”, to define driving behavior. An on-board computer warned that the car may perform “rolling stops” when using “medium” or “assertive” settings.
Tesla has yet to comment on the fix today.