Tesla has recalled a recent software update from more than 53,000 vehicles that lets drivers roll past stop signs, and through intersections. The upgraded version of the Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta Software has a “rolling stop” function that lets the cars automatically roll through an intersection without coming to a full stop.
After reports of the rolling stop feature, Tesla provided free over-the-air updates to all affected vehicles removing the upgraded FSD Beta Software. Tesla is often praised for its self-driving futuristic features, but currently, its vehicles are limited to driver-assistance features, meaning motorists must have their hands on the wheel, and must always remain attentive.
The company is not aware of any warranty claims, field reports, crashes, injuries, or fatalities due to the recalled feature, however, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says this feature can “increase the risk of a crash”.
As Tesla vehicles, and self-driving features increase in popularity, government agencies are increasing scrutiny over the company’s use of the term “Full Self-Driving” to sell to customers. The number of recalls, software updates, and safety concerns involving Tesla are through the roof and must be resolved before driverless cars are approved.
Elon Musk, the entrepreneur responsible for Tesla, sees this differently, saying “My personal guess is that we’ll achieve full self-driving this year  at a safety level significantly greater than a person.”