Tesla Mannequin Y electrical crossovers outfitted with the elective tow bundle are being recalled for inoperative trailer-brake lights, however Tesla claims to have already remedied the problem by means of an over-the-air (OTA) software program replace.
Within the 2,567 affected automobiles, a software program error may stop illumination of trailer-brake lights, in accordance with the Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) recall notice. That represents a failure to adjust to Federal Motor Car Security Customary (FMVSS) quantity 108, the company famous.
Tesla will notify house owners of the problem, however has already launched a firmware replace OTA as of September 23, 2020, to handle the issue, in accordance with the recall discover.
In different phrases, this required the problem of a recall for being out of compliance with a federal regulation, however it’s already been fastened—with out a journey to the dealership or retailer, and sure in very near 100% of automobiles.
The power to repair sure issues through OTA software program updates has been a Tesla power for years. And it has utilized vital security upgrades at a number of different factors to its automobiles.
In 2018, for instance, Tesla launched a software program replace for the Mannequin 3 to enhance braking efficiency after poor ends in a Consumer Reports check.
Tesla has supplied OTA replace functionality for the reason that launch of the Mannequin S in 2012, however different automakers are solely now catching up.
The Jaguar I-Tempo electrical crossover bought OTA functionality after its launch, and has acquired at the least one replace primarily based on lessons learned from racing.
When it launches, the Ford Mustang Mach-E will get OTA functionality from the beginning, and that may even be the case with many of the automaker’s different fashions going ahead.
OTA is usually a double-edged sword, nevertheless. Whereas Tesla makes use of it so as to add new options and proper faults, it additionally exerts an unprecedented quantity of management on its automobiles, permitting it to doubtlessly delete or disable options as nicely. Let’s hope that does not turn out to be the norm as different automakers undertake OTA functionality.