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Nearly All Tesla In The US Have Been Recalled Over Autopilot Problems

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Nearly All Tesla In The US Have Been Recalled Over Autopilot Problems

(CTN News) – Tesla has announced a recall of over two million cars in the United States, encompassing almost all of its vehicles sold in the country.

This decision comes after a federal regulator expressed concerns about safety hazards related to the autopilot system. In their recall filing, Tesla stated that the controls of the autopilot software system “may not be sufficient to prevent driver misuse.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which has been investigating the autopilot function for over two years, emphasized the importance of responsible deployment of automated technology for enhancing safety.

They view this recall as a step towards improving automated systems with a focus on prioritizing safety. This recall is the largest ever for Tesla and comes at a time when autonomous vehicle development in the US faces challenges due to safety concerns.

Tesla has committed to implementing new safeguards and addressing existing defects. The recall applies to models Y, S, 3, and X manufactured between October 5, 2012, and December 7, 2023.

Acting NHTSA Administrator Ann Carlson expressed satisfaction with Tesla’s agreement to the recall during her testimony before the US House of Representatives.

The investigation into Tesla’s autopilot function began in August 2021 following reports of fatal crashes while the autopilot was engaged, according to a statement from an agency representative.

It was found that drivers are not always attentive when the system is active. Recently released documents from the agency highlight the potential for misuse of the current autopilot design and propose changes to encourage drivers to maintain their responsibility while using the system.

However, some experts, like Phil Koopman from Carnegie Mellon University, have expressed disappointment, stating that the older cars lack adequate hardware for driver monitoring.

The development of driverless cars once hailed as a groundbreaking advancement, has encountered various setbacks in recent months.

California suspended testing by Cruise, a self-driving car company, due to safety concerns raised by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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