Tesla recalls nearly 12,000 vehicles due to software glitch


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Tesla on Tuesday issued a recall for nearly 12,000 vehicles due to a communication problem in the cars’ autonomous driving software.

The recall notice, posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website Tuesday, lists up to 11,704 cars in its “fully autonomous driving population (beta)” that displayed a software glitch resulting in bogus Collision Warnings (FCW) and Automatic Emergency Brake (AEB) deployments. Four Tesla models, including the S, X, 3, and Y, exhibited the problem.

“On October 23, 2021, Tesla released firmware 2021.36.5.2 over-the-air (OTA), which introduced a software disconnection of communication between the two on-board chips; in particular, when the vehicle wakes up from “sentry mode” or “summon standby mode”, a mode in which one of the chips is in a low power “sleep” state, “it reads. in NHTSA’s recall description of the problem.

“This communication disconnection can cause the video neural networks that run on this chip to function less smoothly than expected. The inconsistency can produce negative object speed detections when other vehicles are present, which in turn can lead to false FCW and AEB events, ”the NHTSA recall said.

The recall follows an NHTSA investigation into Tesla’s autopilot system that resulted in at least 12 crashes due to the software failing to recognize emergency vehicles.

Tesla currently has the highest market capitalization of any automaker, around $ 1,000 billion. Company shares spiked last week after car rental company Hertz announced it had ordered 100,000 Tesla vehicles for its rental fleet.

Tesla did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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