Published: Mon, May 20, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Does Tesla need to accept its Autopilot is faulty?

Does Tesla need to accept its Autopilot is faulty?

Tesla has wirelessly updated the software on the Model S and Model X, after spontaneous battery fires in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

While Tesla is still investigating the incidents, the firm is taking action "out of an abundance of caution". NTSB investigators are also probing how the electric Tesla's batteries behave after accidents following several fires.

But let's unpack, briefly, what might be going on with these Teslas-and why there isn't necessarily cause to worry just yet.

Within the past month two Tesla Model S electric vehicles have burst into flames while unattended in a parking lot. It's not much different from, say, a fuel tank burping out its contents (which then ignite) after, say, a auto is pancaked by a much larger, faster-moving vehicle. Tesla earlier confirmed it was examining an incident in Shanghai after a auto bearing the company's logo was shown in an April social media video emitting smoke before bursting into flames. The update, intended only for the Model S and Model X, will supposedly protect the battery and extend its life by changing battery charge and thermal management settings.

It is entirely possible that the Teslas that caught fire experienced thermal runaway shortly after being parked.

Tesla needs a better system to more quickly detect whether drivers are paying attention and warn them if they are not, Friedman said. Even for the Model 3 Performance variant, the company designed a software upgrade which would overclock the car's AC compressor in the high-speed ranges to cool the battery pack. The Tesla's roof "was sheared off as the vehicle underrode the semitrailer" and the car's 50-year-old driver died in the crash. Or maybe not-we don't know-that owner could have retrofitted the grille design because they didn't like the Lord Voldemort-looking facelift.

ONE of Tesla's key suppliers may hold the key to how soon we see the maker's future models in Australia.

Compared with regular, combustion-engine-powered vehicles, electric auto fires can't be put out with foam or chemicals.

The Verge notes that this crash is at least the fourth fatal incident involving a Tesla vehicle with Autopilot enabled.

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