Tesla has removed its most recent “full self-driving” car software upgrade following complaints from drivers. Some drivers experienced occasional concerns, such as safety alarms ringing even when there was no risk present.
The latest version of Tesla’s Self Driving Software was rolled back on Sunday afternoon, less than a day after it was released.
This was a bit surprising because, around a month earlier, Tesla announced that more customers can access Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ software, but now the company has some concerns.
According to BBC, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk said there were “some issues” with this version, but it was “to be expected with beta software”.
A few hours earlier, Mr Musk said the launch would be delayed because the company’s quality assurance team had found “regression in some left turns at traffic lights”.
Thatcham Research, which conducts safety tests for motor insurers in the UK, said there were concerns over Tesla’s move to beta-test new software with real-world drivers.
Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham says, “The challenge you’ve got is you’re allowing your customers to be the guinea pigs,”
“There are obvious safety challenges with customers trying it out, and either misunderstanding it or getting it wrong.
There’s a risk that there could be systems that are not safe, which could lead to potential accidents.”Matthew Avery
Despite the name, Tesla’s semi-autonomous driving technology cannot be used as a substitute for a driver.
The company still instructs its users to keep their hands on the wheel at all times, and a warning sounds if they fail to do so.
Mr Avery said that while a risk existed with beta software in Tesla’s cars, the fact that the car is not truly autonomous is important.
“There is no such thing as full self-driving, That’s very much a marketing term. These vehicles are still assisted driving… effectively the car supporting you.”Matthew Avery
“These systems are not taking over on behalf of the driver.”
Separately, car rental giant Hertz announced it is ordering 100,000 Tesla vehicles. It’s the single largest order of electric vehicles and with that being said, Tesla has nearly passed $1 Trillion.
It is the largest single purchase for electric vehicles on record, according to Bloomberg. Tesla’s stock reached a new record high of more than $970 (£705) as a result of the announcement.