Tesla owners report dozens of cases of ‘phantom braking’…


San Francisco, Feb 3 (IANS) Tesla vehicles inexplicably brake for no reason, scaring owners and prompting more than 100 complaints to the federal government in the past three months alone, according to media reports.

This has been a persistent problem for the automaker.

Last October, CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter that the company was forced to “roll back” to version 10.3 of its Full Self-Driving beta software due to issues with forward collision warning and phantom braking. , reports The Verge.

But since then, the number of complaints about Tesla’s braking has skyrocketed.

According to Washington Post analysis, Tesla owners‘ reports of ghost braking to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rose to 107 complaints in the past three months, up from just 34 in the previous 22 months.

“Using adaptive cruise control with autopilot steering (as well as no autosteering), multiple episodes of severe aphantom break (sic) ‘where car slams on breaks (sic) for no apparent reason’, owner of Model Y of Sterling, Ill., wrote in a Nov. 16 complaint.

‘No other cars around. Flat, clear highway,” the owner added.

The problem can be traced to last year’s controversial decision to remove radar sensors from new Model 3 and Model Y vehicles.

The move came after Musk publicly expressed a desire to rely on cameras to power the company’s advanced driver assistance system.

Tesla has come under intense scrutiny from safety advocates and regulators for its willingness to allow customers to test drive what is essentially an unfinished version of a product that Musk has long promised it would lead to fully autonomous vehicles on the road.

Earlier this week, the company was forced to release a software update to remove an FSD feature that allows cars to perform a “rolling stop”, a maneuver in which the vehicle moves slowly through a traffic panel. stop without stopping completely.




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