Tesla is pulling a full self-driving beta less than a day after release due to software “issues”

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U.S. electric car maker Tesla on Sunday rolled back the latest version of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta software less than a day after it was released after users complained about false collision warnings and other issues.

The setback comes as Tesla is subject to government scrutiny over the safety of its semi-autonomous driving technology it calls “FSD”.

“I see some problems with 10.3 and am therefore temporarily going back to 10.2,” CEO Elon Musk said in a Twitter post on Sunday.

You will see some issues with 10.3 so it will temporarily revert to 10.2.

Please note that this is to be expected with beta software. It is impossible to test all hardware configurations under all conditions with internal QA, hence public beta.

– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 24, 2021

“Please note that this is to be expected with beta software. It is impossible to test all hardware configurations under all conditions with internal QA (quality assurance), hence public beta,” he said.

Tesla did not immediately respond to requests for comment outside of normal US business hours.

The release of the new driver assistance system for some owners of Tesla models, which the company said had several improvements, was announced for Friday, October 22nd.

On Saturday, Musk said the release would likely be delayed by a day.

“Regression in some left turns at traffic lights that were found by internal QA in 10.3. Fix in progress, probably published tomorrow,” he tweeted on Saturday.

The Tesla vehicles with the latest 10.3 software were repeatedly providing forward collision warnings when there was no imminent danger, according to video posts by beta users. Some vehicles would have braked automatically for no reason, users said in social media posts.

Some users said they completely lost the FSD beta software after experiencing issues with the latest iteration.

There was no information on Sunday about a possible new date for the publication, neither from Musk on social media nor from Tesla.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) initiated a formal safety investigation into Tesla’s autopilot system in 765,000 US vehicles in August following a series of accidents involving Tesla models and emergency vehicles.

© Thomson Reuters 2021

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