Tesla pauses FSD Beta rollout to new owners until update to address NHTSA and Transport Canada concerns is released

Tesla has announced on its website it is no longer deploying Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta software to new buyers or subscribers following a recall by the NHTSA and Transport Canada earlier this month.

Nearly two weeks ago the NHTSA and Transport Canada published recall notices covering 362,758 cars in the US and 20,667 cars in Canada. According to the NHTSA recall notice there were four specific scenarios where certain “operational characteristics” of FSD Beta “could potentially infringe upon local traffic laws.” The fix is a software update to correct these issues, but as of today there is still no timeline for when that update will be released.

Until that time Tesla will not be sending out FSD Beta to any new buyers or subscribers, according to a new support page on their website. (h/t: @Teslascope)

“Until the software version containing the fix is available, we have paused the rollout of FSD Beta to all who have opted-in but have not yet received a software version containing FSD Beta.”

Tesla also published answers to several frequently asked questions, one of which was whether FSD Beta is safe for existing testers to continue to use until the update is released. Tesla reminds users that FSD Beta is still a SAE Level 2 driver support feature and that you are still responsible for the operation of the vehicle, suggesting that if you are not paying attention the software could break some local traffic laws.

Here are the four scenarios identified in the recall notice.

  1. Traveling or turning through certain intersections during a stale yellow traffic light
  2. The perceived duration of the vehicle’s static position at certain intersections with a stop sign, particularly when the intersection is clear of any other road users
  3. Adjusting vehicle speed while traveling through certain variable speed zones, based on detected speed limit signage and/or the vehicle’s speed offset setting that is adjusted by the driver
  4. Negotiating a lane change out of certain turn-only lanes to continue traveling straight

Just like with other software updates, existing testers won’t have to do anything and this update will be pushed to your car when it is available. The software will not be removed from your vehicle while the update is in development.

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