Tesla pulled the latest beta software version of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) less than a day after its release, the company's CEO Elon Musk reported on his Twitter account.
"We are having some issues with version 10.3, we are temporarily rolling back to 10.2," Musk wrote. The entrepreneur stressed that it is normal that with the software in beta format it is impossible to test all hardware configurations in all possible conditions.
This advanced driver assistance system, or Autopilot, launched last month, offers for an additional $10,000 some autonomous driving functions in certain Tesla models. Despite its name, the system is not fully autonomous and requires attention from the driver. While a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology concluded that drivers tend to be less attentive when using FSD, so its use potentially carries safety risks. Version 10.3 was due to be released last Friday, but Musk tweeted on Saturday that it would have to wait one more day. "Irregularities were detected during left turns at traffic lights. Adjustments are being made," Musk wrote.
Several videos posted by users of version 10.3 show that the system was displaying forward collision warnings despite the absence of threats and some vehicles were even braking automatically without a clear cause. "Some drivers also complained of spontaneous autopilot deactivation due to speed control issues," TechCrunch reported.
The mishap comes at a time when Tesla is under scrutiny from authorities over the safety of its semi-autonomous driving technology. Tesla did not respond to requests for comment outside of regular U.S. business hours.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in August opened a formal investigation into the safety of Tesla's Autopilot system in 765,000 U.S. vehicles after a series of accidents involving Tesla models and emergency vehicles.
Source: El Litoral