The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has asked Tesla to recall nearly 363,000 cars for “problems in the autonomous driving system”. We do not have specific details about what causes the problems that have motivated this movement by the US body, but from the beginning it is clear that there is a significant clash of positions between the company and the entity.
For the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these are important failures that give rise to a problem that, in the end, can make the autopilot incapable of driving safely. It seems to me more than enough reason to justify this call for return, and more after the numerous controversies that Elon Musk’s company has been dragging.
Tesla, on the other hand, did not agree with the analysis made by the administrationbut in the end she decided to be cautious and agreed to make that “call back”, in quotes because for the company it is an anachronism, since they really do not need drivers to take their cars to the workshop.
This has an explanation, and that is that Tesla plans to resolve the situation with a simple update that they will distribute via OTA. This update will reach the Tesla Model S, Model X, Model 3 and Model Y. Everything seems to indicate that the key to this problem was present at the software level, and that this patch will be enough to improve the autonomous driving system and prevent it from can drive unsafely, at least in theory.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has not been slow to come to the fore to downplay the matter and say that they have everything under control, and that a simple software update will suffice, but the truth is that the company has been in the eye of the hurricane for some time for all the lies that were launched at the time about its autonomous driving system, and it has been accumulating a remarkable number of failures that do nothing more than question the quality and reliability of its cars.
Tesla shares have fluctuated quite a bit in recent days as a consequence of everything we have said, but despite everything the company has managed to recover from the lows it recorded in Januaryso it is clear that he is not in his worst moment, and that the controversies of the last few days have barely taken their toll on him.