Tesla is shutting down a feature in its self-driving system that allowed the car to advance slowly at intersections where vehicles must come to a complete stop. The function allows this when there are no other vehicles or pedestrians nearby.
After negotiations with the US road safety authority NHTSA, Tesla will modify the program and notify the owners of this vehicle. There were no reports of accidents due to this position.
The US electric car maker now has to adapt the program for more than 53,000 Model S and Model X vehicles built between 2016 and 2022, the Model 3 built between 2017 and 2022 and the Model Y built between 2020 and 2022.
Tesla made the feature available to users of the beta version of its Autopilot driver assistance system in October last year. According to technology news site The Verge, this option allowed users to choose from driving modes called “cool” (quiet), “medium” (medium) or “firm” (firm).
The assertive position allows the car to approach vehicles in front of it, change lanes often, and slowly pass stop signs at intersections. According to NHTSA, the latter function allowed the car to go forward at 5.6 mph (9 km/h) at an intersection with a mandatory stop, if no other cars, cyclists or pedestrians were detected.
“Entering a full-stop intersection without stopping first can increase the risk of a collision,” NHTSA says. Tesla recently received some criticism because its large dashboard screen can be used to play video games while driving. This has also been modified in the meantime.
Tesla disables the game’s functionality in cars while driving, and the consequences outside the United States are unclear
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