Electric vehicle software needs an update?

Tesla vehicle owners are expected to receive notification letters regarding the latest recall of certain models of the electric vehicle by April 15, 2023. This recall affects certain 2016 – 2023 Model S, Model X, 2017 – 2023 Model 3, and 2020 – 2023 Model Y vehicles that are equipped with the Full Self-Driving Beta software.

Tesla, a company named as a tribute to inventor and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla has been named as one of the world’s most valuable companies and under the leadership of Elon Musk, who has served as CEO since 2008, the company has been subject of several journalistic criticism and scrutiny.

Tesla was incorporated as Tesla Motors, Inc. on July 1, 2003, and former CEO Eberhard, said he wanted to build “a car manufacturer that is also a technology company”, and that’s what Tesla is today. Early 2005, Elon Musk took an active role within the company to oversee the product design of Tesla’s first car, the Roadster. At that time, the company’s strategy was to start with premium sports cars and then move into more mainstream vehicles.

In this recall notice, the National Highway Transportation Safey Administration (NHTSA) titled the report ‘Full Self-Driving Software May Cause Crash’, and the components affected are steering and electrical system. This notice is certainly a cause for concern and hopefully gets treated as a priority to minimize the chances of a crash. It further reads that the FSD Beta software has the likelihood to allow vehicles exceed speed limits or travel through intersections in an unpredictable manner.

The cost of owning this software on your already loved Tesla doesn’t come cheap as well, for U.S owners, you must obtain a high driver-safety score, and it costs $15,000 up front or $199 per month, as reported by CNBC. Elon Musk doesn’t appreciate using the word recall, since this software update is going to be done over-the-air and I kind of agree with him, although the fact still remains that some models are defective and need to be fixed.

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