Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, the American electric vehicle manufacturer, has reportedly announced the temporary pullback of the company’s latest Full Self-Driving beta due to supposed software issues. The rollback of the update comes less than a day after its initial release.
Musk tweeted earlier this week about experiencing a few issues with the latest 10.3 update, and the temporary pullback to the 10.2. He further added a note explaining that these type of issues with beta software is expected and it is fairly impossible for internal QA (quality assurance) to test all hardware configurations in all scenarios, thus the public beta.
Speculatively, some Tesla owners were supposed to get version 10.3 on Friday, but Musk indicated that they would have to wait another day.
On Saturday, Musk tweeted, saying that the internal QA identified a glitch in some left turns at traffic signals in 10.3. He further added that work is being fixed, and it will most likely be released the next day.
Multiple videos recorded by beta users of the 10.3 software show Forward Collision Warnings regardless of the fact that there is no imminent threat. Additionally some cars were also reported to be auto-braking without a possible justification.
Drivers also flocked to media platforms to express their dissatisfaction with issues such as the disappearance of the Autosteer option, troubles with traffic-aware cruise control, and Autopilot panic. Musk stated on Twitter that the firm is working on the Autopilot and power steering concerns.
This rollback of the update comes as regulators question the safety of Tesla's adaptive cruise control technology, dubbed ‘Autopilot’, after numerous reported cases of Tesla vehicles colliding with parked emergency vehicles whilst the system was activated.
Tesla automobiles come equipped with Autopilot as standard. The so-called FSD software, which costs an extra US$10,000 and includes more automated driving functions.
However, to be more specific, Tesla automobiles are actually not self-driving. Even when FSD is turned on, it is still an advanced driver aid system, and drivers must remain completely vigilant. According to a recent MIT study, drivers are less vigilant, which can put them in danger.