The controversy over Tesla phantom braking cases continues to swell in the United States. Indeed, the NHTSA, the American federal highway safety agency, has registered more than a hundred complaints during the last three months.
As you may know, Tesla owners have been complaining about instances of phantom braking for several months since the rollout of Full Self Driving Update 10.3, the the company’s fully autonomous driving technology. Since then, the FSD has welcomed version 10.9, but the number of complaints about phantom braking has not diminished, quite the contrary. And this despite a patch released with FSD Update 10.5.
According to an article in the Washington Post, the NHTSA, the American federal agency in charge of traffic safety, received 107 complaints of phantom brake issues in the last three months alone. A worrying increase, especially since the complaints had not exceeded forty during the last 22 months.
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Complaints about phantom braking are on the rise
“While using adaptive cruise control with Autopilot, multiple episodes of severe phantom braking where the car presses the brakes for no apparent reason occurred frequently.” explains the owner of a Model Y in the columns of The Verge. Another Model Y driver, who claims to have installed the FSD in October 2021, claimed to have “at once” experienced issues with Autopilot and traffic-dependent cruise control after downloading the FSD update.
“These warnings involved the standard warning beeps and red indicators on the monitor screen, and at one point the car performed unnecessary emergency braking when there were no obstacles in front of me. Since then, I have returned to manual driving, and not Autopilot”, he says.
The owner of a Model 3 explains that he reported “many phantom braking once in Autopilot mode. These seemingly happen out of nowhere, under various conditions, and for no apparent reason.” According to the authorities, the problem could be linked to the controversial decision taken by Tesla last year to sell its cars without front radars in favor of the Tesla Vision, 360-degree cameras used to power the automaker’s driver assistance system.
Source: The Verge