Tesla electric cars – illustrative photo.
Washington – American electric car maker Tesla is recalling more than 360,000 cars in the United States because a test version of the self-driving software the cars are equipped with could cause an accident. This was announced by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The agency says the Full Self-Driving Beta software allows the cars to “exceed speed limits or drive through intersections in an illegal or unpredictable manner,” which it says “increases the risk of an accident.”
Tesla, according to the AP disagrees with NHTSA's analysis, but will issue a free software update to allay the agency's concerns. According to Reuters, Tesla said it had no reports of injuries or deaths related to the matter.
Tesla, led by entrepreneur Elon Musk, is the world's largest electric car maker. Last year, it delivered 1.31 million cars to customers, which represented a year-on-year increase of 40 percent.