Teslais recalling nearly 54,000 cars and SUVs because the "FullSelf-Driving" software lets them roll through stop signs without coming toa complete stop.
Tesla will disable thefeature with an over-the-internet software update.
The "rollingstop" feature allows vehicles to go through intersections with all-waystop signs at up to 5.6 miles per hour. The recall shows Tesla programmed its vehicles toviolate the law in most states, where police will ticket drivers fordisregarding stop signs.
About 60,000 selected Tesla drivers are "betatesting" the "Full Self-Driving" software on public roads. Tesla says the cars can't drive themselves andthat drivers must be ready to take action at all times. Tesla introduced the "rolling stop"feature in a software update that was sent out to the testing owners on October20th. The feature lets Teslas go through all-way stop signs as long as theowner has enabled the function. No "relevant" moving cars,pedestrians, or bicyclists can be detected nearby, and all roads leading to theintersection have to have speed limits of 30mph or less. The Teslas would thenbe allowed to go through the intersection at 0.1mph to 5.6mph without coming toa complete stop.
Tesla agreed to the recall after two meetingswith officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Teslasaid it knows of no crashes or injuries caused by the feature. The recall covers Model S sedans and Model XSUVs from 2016 through 2022, as well as 2017 to 2022 Model 3 sedans and 2020 through2022 Model Y SUVs.
CEO ElonMusk has said he’d be shocked if the software can’t drive more safely thanhumans this year.