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Do Tesla cars keep braking on motorways?

Over in the good ole US of A, Tesla is under investigation by the government after over 350 complaints were received from owners concerned about the sudden braking on motorways for no reason.

The so-called “phantom braking” problem is being looked at by US regulator the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Investigators are looking at over 400,000 models – the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles from 2021-22. Many of the complaints are similar – that the autopilot driver assistance system malfunctions at certain times and without warning. When drivers are using this system, the vehicle takes control of some aspects of braking, but Tesla state that this is not a substitute for a human driver.

Remain vigilant

Tesla says, “The autopilot ADAS system does not make the vehicle autonomous”. So, no, you can’t go to sleep in the back and wake-up at your destination!

The Tesla Roadster 2020 holds the world record for the fastest electric car so far. It can get to 100 mph in just 4.2 seconds, and can achieve over 250 mph at max thrust. It’s a speeding fine waiting to happen!

The braking problem isn’t the only issue which is troubling Tesla drivers. Last December, over 500,000 tesla vehicles were investigated regarding its Passenger Play feature that allowed games to be played via touchscreen when the car is in motion. And previously, the Autopilot system was investigated after 11 crashes.

The NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has begun a “preliminary evaluation” into Tesla over the complaints. Cars can then be recalled if further investigation is required. The good news is that there have been no fatalities as a result of the incidents.

One of the reasons that Tesla cars are becoming more and more popular is that their parts probably won’t need replacing. They are developed to be largely regenerative. That means, thanks to the braking mechanism and rechargeable battery, you’re unlikely to ever need to go replacing common bits and pieces for your vehicle. In fact, it’s rare you’ll need to repair anything beyond the wheels!  We can feel a mechanic’s strike coming on!

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