Tesla Autopilot

The American road safety agency NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) asks the company of Elon Musk to intervene on Model S and Model X.

NHTSA asked Tesla to recall 158,000 cars in the United States for a safety issue related to the management of memory in the on-board computer, particularly in the infotainment system.

The cars affected are Model S sedans produced between 2012 and 2018 and Model X city SUVs produced between 2016 and 2018, according to a letter sent to the electric vehicle manufacturer.

The NHTSA says its investigation “concluded that there is a security flaw in the models examined.” The on-board computer memory, especially the infotainment system (MCU), has a limited life cycle, which means that this system may no longer function properly after a certain number of programs.

This problem can also cause the deletion of memory cycles.

During an MCU failure the screen goes black and the rearview camera, also a safety camera, is no longer available to the driver. If the image is no longer available, the risk of accidents increases, which can potentially lead to injury or even death, ” explains NHTSA.

This problem can also affect the assisted driving system (not autonomous, what Tesla dubiously calls “autopilot” and which has already created more than a problem in recent years.

Tesla confirmed to NHTSA that all units with this chip “will inevitably fail,” according to the agency, and also provided a statistical model showing projected weekly repairs lasting from 2020 to 2028, with the most failures happening in 2022.

Izaan Zubair
Izaan's inquisitive in technology drove him to launch his website Tech Lapse. He usually writes pieces on emerging technology, anime, programming and alike niches. He can be reached at [email protected]
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