Federal Regulators Probe Tesla’s ‘Elon Mode’ Amid Safety Concerns

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a special order to Tesla, demanding extensive data on the company’s driver assistance and monitoring systems, including a previously undisclosed configuration known as “Elon Mode.” The order, dated July 26, was made public on the agency’s website this week, reports CNBC. Standard Tesla vehicles equipped with […]

Tesla Eyes Samsung for Hardware 5 Self-Driving Chips: Report

In a significant market shift, the automotive semiconductor sector is rapidly transitioning from being centered around low-end products to becoming a significant demand driver for high-performance chips. This trend comes as autonomous driving and infotainment functionalities in vehicles are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Industry insiders confirmed on August 28 that this development is heating up the […]

NHTSA Says Tesla Autopilot Probe Nears Completion

After a two-year examination, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is set to conclude its in-depth investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot system, with indications of an impending public announcement. In an exclusive interview with Reuters, acting NHTSA Administrator Ann Carlson stated, “We’ll get to a resolution (of the Tesla probe).” While Carlson did not divulge […]

Tesla Autopilot Cleared in Fatal Newport Beach Crash

Authorities have concluded that Tesla’s Autopilot was not engaged during the tragic crash on May 12 involving a Tesla Model S Plaid, which killed three people and injured three others, reports the L.A. Times. The incident occurred on Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach, California, when the vehicle collided with construction equipment at high speed. […]

Tesla Autopilot Name Lacks ‘Common Sense’, Says Pete Buttigieg

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said during an interview with Bloomberg that Tesla’s Autopilot naming convention is misleading and is lacking in “common sense,” as detailed in a report from Bloomberg on Tuesday. “I wouldn’t call something ‘Autopilot’ if the manual explicitly says that you have to have your hands on the wheel and […]

2023.2.201 Tesla HW4 Update Restores Autopilot, Backup Camera, TACC

Tesla began deploying a software update 2023.2.201 to Model S and X units equipped with HW4 on Tuesday, effectively restoring functionality for its backup camera, Traffic-Aware Cruise Control (TACC) and Navigate on Autopilot (NOA), according to new Model X Plaid owner Jason Clinton. Clinton shared a video of the view from the new HW4-based backup […]

Tesla FSD Critic Claims to Launch Super Bowl Ad [VIDEO]

Dan O’Dowd, CEO of Green Hills Software and the founder of The Dawn Project, today shared a Super Bowl ad demonstrating alleged “critical safety defects” in Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Beta and said that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) “must turn off FSD until Tesla fixes all safety defects.” O’Dowd’s advertisement claims that FSD […]

Tesla FSD Hardware 4.0 for Model S/X Spotted in Filings

Tesla’s Hardware 4.0, the much-anticipated successor to the Hardware 3.0 computing system that currently powers the Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) features in the company’s electric vehicles (EVs), was recently referenced in type approvals for the Model S and Model X in Europe. References to FSD Hardware 4.0 were originally discovered in documents Tesla filed […]

Tesla Autopilot Was Not Used in Fatal Texas Crash, Concludes NTSB

After a fatal accident in Spring, Texas involving a Tesla Model S garnered widespread attention and a probe from federal vehicle safety regulators claiming that Autopilot had been engaged, results from the study showed no signs of the driver assistance system’s use. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) completed an investigation into the 2021 accident […]

SEC Expanding Tesla and Autopilot Probe to Include Elon Musk: Report

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has launched a probe into Elon Musk for his role in directing the branding around Tesla’s self-driving car ambitions — reports Bloomberg. According to the publication, the efforts are part of the regulator’s ongoing investigation into Tesla’s claims surrounding its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) features. SEC officials […]

Tesla FSD Hardware 4.0 Allegedly Leaks, Showing Camera Changes

Tesla has been working on a successor to Hardware 3.0, the computer that powers the Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) features in its vehicles, for over a couple of years now. Documents detailing what appears to be Tesla’s Hardware 4.0 surfaced online earlier this week, as shared by Chris Zheng (@ChrisZheng001)on Twitter. According to these […]

Tesla to Let You Disable Autopilot Steering Wheel Nag in January, Says Musk

When using Tesla’s Autopilot, the system will periodically display a message that reads, “apply slight turning force to steering wheel.” This message is known as the Autopilot “nag”, to ensure that you’re paying attention and awake. Some people have purchased Autopilot “defeat devices”, to bypass this alert, but Tesla has caught on with its newest […]

New California Law Bans Tesla ‘Full Self-Driving’ Marketing Term

California Governor Gavin Newsom has passed a new law effectively banning Tesla from marketing its in-development autonomous driving software as “Full Self-Driving” in the state starting in 2023 — reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The news comes after the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced plans to “revisit” its approach to regulating Tesla’s Full […]