Tesla appears to have decided to pause the rollout of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta software to new owners until a glitch in the software can be fixed. The move comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) discovered a safety issue with the FSD Beta that Tesla had to address, Teslarati reported. However, NHTSA is reportedly not mandating automakers to suspend the rollout of the FSD Beta software entirely, but the US-based electric automaker is doing so voluntarily.
The report says that unless the situation is properly remedied, Tesla will stop all new updates to the FSD Beta. The automaker reportedly said it has paused the rollout of the FSD Beta to all users who have opted in but have not yet received a software version containing the FSD Beta until a software version containing the fix is available.
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In this case, even if the Tesla customer has paid for the FSD Beta (which currently costs $15,000 on top of the price of the vehicle itself), but has not yet received the software update, he or she will not immediately get it . Also, while Tesla owners who already have the FSD Beta activated in their cars will be able to use it, they won’t receive any new updates.
Interestingly, all new Tesla vehicles come with a base version of Autopilot. FSD Beta, on the other hand, is an upgraded version of the software. While the recall has affected the rollout and update of the FSD Beta software, the base version of Autopilot remains intact.
Tesla Autopilot doesn’t handle intersections, lights, stop signs, or speed limits, while FSD Beta touches on all the features needed to operate the vehicle in such situations. Recently, reports of several accidents at Teslas where the FSD Beta software was active prompted safety agencies to investigate the software.
First published date: March 4, 2023 at 09:08 AM CST