Over-the-Air Update Left Tesla Model 3 Without Key Safety Features
A Tesla over-the-air update this week left the Consumer Reports Model 3 electric car without key features for more than a day, including automatic emergency braking (AEB) and Autopilot.
As I have pointed out before, some of the vulnerabilities of having an over the air update is that dangerous malicious code or dangerous glitches could be inserted with over the air updates. These vulnerabilities aren’t necessarily exclusive to Tesla. Essentially all systems that use over the air updates are vulnerable to dangerous glitches and have the potential to have malicious code inserted and other forms of abuse.
For several years Tesla, Elon Musk, his suck ups and fake news sites have been ignoring and denying safety vulnerabilities like this.
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Some of Tesla’s “Universal Mobile Charger” connectors were not heavy-duty enough for the current, thus some of them started to overheat and catch fire. A possible source of a garage fire in California according to fire investigators. Instead of fixing the dangerous hardware problem, Tesla did a dubious “fix” of a software update that was supposed to reduce the current when charging problems were detected. However Tesla owners reported that in some circumstances and configurations that the charging current increased when there was charging problems because of a glitch in the software update. The software update did not fix the hardware problem. The software update was only a flawed stopgap measure. Yet the software update allegedly had a dangerous glitch that could increase the fire hazard under some circumstances. The software update failed to fix the hardware problem. I think it is fraudulent that Tesla claimed it could fix this hardware problem with a software update.
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Anti-truth; fake news sites that shill for Tesla; like Electrek, CleanTechnica, InsideEVs, Green Car Reports and shills like Fred Lambert; don’t care about safety, the environment and don’t have a clue when it comes to science and technology. They’re too busy shilling for and sucking up to Tesla and Elon Musk; and attacking, slandering, stalking, harassing, and censoring; safety advocates, whistleblowers, truth tellers and environmentalists. The Tesla forum, Tesla Motor Club forum and Teslarati are also similar frauds.
Consumer Reports found some problems including safety issues with the brakes. That the stopping distance was much longer than advertised by Tesla. It’s good that Consumer Reports identified the safety problems, however it’s bad that it went below the radar of Tesla and Tesla ignored customer complaints until Consumer Reports made the problems more public. Fortunately Tesla was seemingly able to correct the problem with an over the air update; however this exposed a potential problem that Tesla had previously denied. That over the air updates could affect safety systems; thus there was the potential that dangerous glitches could cause safety problems or malicious exploits could be used to disable, damage vehicles, harm or kill occupants.
The Tesla’s stopping distance of 152 feet from 60 mph was far worse than any contemporary car we’ve tested and about 7 feet longer than the stopping distance of a Ford F-150 full-sized pickup.
A Tesla spokeswoman told CR that the company’s own testing found stopping distances from 60 to 0 mph were an average of 133 feet, with the same tires as our Model 3.
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In the past Tesla and its shills have denied that Tesla could disable vehicles. Those claims seem to be false. Reportedly Tesla has a history of disabling vehicles that are being repaired or salvaged. In some respects Tesla could be doing it for safety concerns, however it also may be abusing the ability to essentially have a monopoly on parts and repair.
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