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Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving”: Update withdrawn after one day

The US automaker Tesla withdrew the latest version of its controversial enhanced driver assistance function FSD (“Full Self-Driving”) just one day after it was released. Company boss Elon Musk announced this on Twitter and assured that something like this is to be expected when it comes to software in beta status: “It is impossible to test all hardware configurations under all conditions only with internal quality assurance, hence the public beta. ” The release of the update had previously been delayed due to problems that had already been noticed, but it was done before the U-turn followed. According to Techcrunch, there were reports of false collision warnings and sudden braking after the update.

FSD is – contrary to what the name suggests – an assistance system that is also used in other cars; it does not make a Tesla autonomous. The update is intended to ensure that electric cars – initially only in the USA – not only navigate independently on highways, but also on city streets. Nevertheless, the driver must be able to maintain an overview and intervene at all times. FSD brought a software update to the vehicles at the end of September in the form of a virtual switch. This allowed them to show interest in the beta test, whereupon Tesla evaluated the respective driving data. Anyone who has driven in an exemplary manner for seven days can then use the function.

Tesla’s handling of the update of the in-house assistance system “Autopilot” recently attracted a lot of criticism. The fact that Tesla is letting go of the “largely untested” software is arousing a lot of fears among the regulators, explains the Washington Post, for example. Shortly before the function was released, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) demanded that Tesla address “fundamental safety problems” before the function could be made available on more vehicles. The fact that Tesla sells the function under the name “Full Self-Driving” (“completely self-driving”) called it “misleading and irresponsible”. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) initiated another investigation into the “autopilot” in August.

(mho)

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