Tesla faces a deadline to answer questions about braking issues

HUNDREDS of Teslas have slammed on the brakes for no practical reason while the car was on autopilot.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has asked Tesla to respond to the braking failure reports by June 20.

Tesla Model 3 lineup for the 2020 delivery event


Tesla Model 3 lineup for the 2020 delivery eventPhoto credit: Reuters

Tesla’s automatic braking phenomenon is known as phantom braking.

The NHTSA launched a preliminary investigation back in February looking into consumer reports of phantom braking, CNET reports.

The NHTSA’s findings were not released.

Tesla describes its Autopilot feature on its website as saying, “Tesla cars come standard with advanced hardware that can provide Autopilot capabilities and full self-driving capabilities – through software updates designed to add functionality over time.” to improve.”

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The 2021-2022 Tesla Model 3 and Model Y were originally the focus of the NHTSA’s investigation.

But older Model 3 and Model Y Teslas are reportedly experiencing phantom braking.

Electrek reports that after Tesla’s software update to Sight-Only Autopilot in May 2021, there was an increase in complaints about phantom braking on older Tesla Model 3 and Model Y models.

NHTSA is requesting documents related to Tesla’s testing of autopilot, hardware and software changes that could point to the cause of phantom braking, Electrek reports.

The autopilot works via eight cameras and advanced image processing that offers a 360-degree view up to 250 meters, reports Tesla.

Teslas equipped with Autopilot contain a Hardware 3 onboard computer that processes over 40 times the data of Tesla’s previous-generation computer system, the manufacturer says.

Standard active autopilot safety features include:

  • Automatic emergency braking
  • side collision warning
  • Front Collision Warning
  • Automatic high beam

You can find this semi-autonomous safety technology in the latest gas and electric vehicles (EVs).

Tesla has not yet commented on phantom brake reports


Tesla has not yet commented on phantom brake reportsPhoto credit: Reuters

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