Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

Alleged security flaws have forced Tesla to withdraw its latest autonomous technology update.

Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ (FSD) beta update has been removed from its vehicles, according to new reports from sources including Reuters.

The optional technology package – which uses built-in cameras placed around the car to identify obstacles and predict scenarios accordingly – is still in the development stage, but Tesla claims that it will eventually allow completely autonomous driving.

The latest software update was made available to hand-picked customers and employees last week to collect data before a broader rollout. Testers reportedly reported cruise control errors, phantom forward collision warnings and ‘Autosteer’ errors.

“Seeing some issues with 10.3 then rolling back to 10.2 temporarily,” the company’s CEO, Elon Musk, tweeted overnight. “Please note, this can be expected with beta software.”

Some owners have claimed on social media that the 10.2 update is also currently unavailable, suggesting that FSD may have been temporarily fully withdrawn.

According to the same Reuters report, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – which is already investigating Tesla’s Autopilot ‘system – marked the updates earlier this week and is currently investigating the technology.

A spokesman for Tesla in Australia did not comment when contacted for further information.

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William Davis has been writing for Drive since July 2020, covering news and current affairs in the automotive industry. He has maintained a primary focus on industrial trends, autonomous technology, rules for electric vehicles and local environmental policy. As the latest addition to the Drive team, William was brought on board for his attention to detail, writing skills and strong work ethic. Despite writing for a wide range of businesses – including the Australian Financial Review, Robb Report and Property Observer – William has always had a passion for cars since completing his media education at Macquarie University.

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