Tesla Cancels Full Self-Driving Beta Update Over Fake Warnings

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Well, this is awkward.

After all of those months of waiting, Tesla has confirmed there's been a major setback regarding its Full Self-Driving beta technology. Just one day after a wider release, the EV automaker has rolled back the latest version of FSD following driver complaints of false collision warnings and various other issues. Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed the temporary rollback on Twitter.

"Seeing some issues with 10.3, so rolling back to 10.2 temporarily. Please note, this is to be expected with beta software. It is impossible to test all hardware configs in all conditions with internal QA, hence public beta." Needless to say, state and federal safety regulators are no fans of Tesla's decision to use the public as guinea pigs.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has already launched an investigation into Autopilot, a less advanced driver-assist system. However, both Autopilot and FSD have the same Level 2 rating. The NHTSA has also been closely monitoring Tesla's FSD testing for the past couple of months. FSD, a $199 per month subscription service or a $10,000 option, was scheduled for an update on October 22 but was delayed at the last minute by 24 hours.

"Regression in some left turns at traffic lights found by internal QA in 10.3. Fix in work, probably releasing tomorrow," Musk tweeted last Saturday. Clearly, that fix wasn't sufficient enough. The issue, according to users, was that the system was sending Forward Collision Warnings when nothing of the sort was about to happen.

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Even more troubling was that some drivers reported that the brakes on their Model S and other Tesla vehicles were automatically applied for no reason. Aside from Musk's statements on Twitter, the automaker has no additional comment. We also don't know when there will be a new release date with the necessary fixes.

Earlier this month, Musk stated he's open to the possibility of licensing FSD to rival automakers because [he] thinks "autonomy will be such a significant lifesaver and preventer of injuries that it is not a technology we want to keep to ourselves." But first thing's first: you gotta get that autonomy done right. Safety, as Musk clearly said, is the priority, and, right now, FSD 10.3 is not safe.

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