Tesla fixes recall issue involving full self-driving beta software

Tesla has announced the fixture of a software malfunction issue that prompted the recall of nearly 12,000 Tesla Model S, Model X, Model 3, and Model Y vehicles from model years 2017 to 2021. In a report submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Tesla said that it either canceled or reverted the software update on the affected vehicles shortly after it was released to the public. It also disabled forward collision warning and auto emergency braking. Tesla says that more than 99.8 percent of the cars were updated to the fixed software as of October 29.

It should be recalled that Tesla issued a recall, filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), to fix a software miscommunication with FSD Beta version 10.3 resulted in certain Model S, X, 3, and Y cars that could lead to false collision warnings resulting in unnecessary automated emergency braking.

Affected vehicles include 2017 to 2021 model year Model S, X, 3, and Y electric vehicles, which is every model in Tesla’s current lineup. The company says that the update introduced a software disconnect between two on-board chips where one is in a low power mode when used during Sentry Mode, a security feature, and Summon, which brings the parked car to you via the mobile app. The disconnect can cause the chips to inconsistently detect moving objects, resulting in the false braking scenarios. Tesla says it is not aware of any crashes or injuries involved with the issue.

Software update 10.3 was highly anticipated as it also granted users with a 99/100 Safety Score access to Tesla’s FSD beta software, which is still not fully released to the public. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted shortly after the release those issues like this are “to be expected with beta software.”

Although nearly every affected vehicle has been updated to the current software, Tesla says that all stores and service centers began being notified of the fix starting yesterday, November 1. Owners can check in the software tab of the vehicle or in the Tesla mobile app for software updates.


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