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Window regulator: software update for over a million Tesla


Another software problem: Tesla has to improve several models because you can get your fingers caught on the windows. The manufacturer is currently the focus of the US Department of Highway and Vehicle Safety.

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Tesla Model X. The models 3, Y and S are also affected

Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/ AP/dpa

The electric car manufacturer Tesla has to install a software update for almost 1.1 million vehicles in the USA due to safety concerns.

The Federal Highway and Vehicle Safety Administration (NHTSA) refers to a malfunction in several Tesla models with the automated closing system for the windows.

Car occupants run the risk of pinching their fingers.

Like most power windows, Tesla vehicles have sensors that automatically detect resistance and stop the windows from closing.

In some Model 3, Y, S and X vehicles, however, resistors are not always reliably detected, the NHTSA warned.

Tesla said the company has no knowledge of any accidents or injuries caused by the malfunction.

The problem should now be fixed with a software update.

Affected car owners will be notified of this from November 15 and apparently do not have to go to the workshop for this - Tesla is known for so-called over-the-air updates that are imported via the cell phone network.

It is not yet known whether cars sold in Europe are also affected.

The problem is that Tesla has already had to carry out several such campaigns in the USA this year.

For a long time, the company had been running software updates without informing owners or regulators.

»Untrained test engineers«

In recent months, however, Tesla has become the focus of the NHTSA.

The supervisory authority initiated an investigation after several collisions between Teslas and emergency vehicles.

Tesla also has anger over its driver assistance programs marketed under names like "Autopilot" and "Full Self-Driving."

A US law firm filed a lawsuit last week on behalf of a Tesla owner who accuses tech billionaire Elon Musk's company of misleading advertising promises.

Tesla did not initially comment on this.

Tesla misled the public in promoting the programs, the lawsuit alleges.

The manufacturer has suggested since 2016 that its technologies for self-driving cars are already fully operational or are about to be.

In fact, the software is still immature and insecure.

The promises have "turned out to be wrong again and again."

Customers who receive updates to the programs act as "unskilled test engineers," so to speak.


Source: spiegel

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