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Tesla faces deadline to answer questions about brake problems – see the models affected

HUNDREDS of Teslas have been slamming their brakes for no practical reason during the car’s Autopilot feature.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has asked Tesla to respond to the braking malfunction reports by June 20th.

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Tesla Model 3 lineup for 2020 delivery eventCredit: Reuters

Tesla’s automatic braking phenomenon is known as Phantom Braking.

The NHTSA launched a preliminary investigation back in February looking into consumer reports of phantom braking, reports.

The NHTSA’s findings haven’t been released.

Tesla their Autopilot feature on their site, saying, “Tesla cars come standard with advanced hardware capable of providing Autopilot features, and full self-driving capabilities—through software updates designed to improve functionality over time.”

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2021 to 2022 Model 3 and Model Y Teslas were the original focus of the NHTSA’s investigation.

But older Model 3 and Model Y Teslas reportedly experience phantom braking.

An increase in older Model 3 and Model Y Tesla phantom braking complaints occurred after Tesla’s software update to vision-only Autopilot in May 2021, reports.

The NHTSA is requesting documents relating to Tesla’s testing of Autopilot, hardware, and software changes that could point to the cause of phantom braking, Electrek reports.

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Autopilot functions through eight cameras and advanced vision processing that supplies 360 degrees of visibility at up to 250 meters, Tesla reports.

Teslas equipped with Autopilot contain a Hardware 3 onboard computer that processes over 40-times the data of Tesla’s previous generation computer system, the manufacturer says.

Standard active Autopilot safety features include:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Side Collision Warning
  • Front Collision Warning
  • Auto High Beams

You can find this semi-autonomous safety technology in most recently manufactured gas and electric vehicles (EVs).

Tesla hasn’t commented on phantom braking reports as of yet
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Tesla hasn’t commented on phantom braking reports as of yetCredit: Reuters

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