Tesla’s Autopilot Update: When Your Car is Too Eager to Break the Law

Tesla is in hot water again, as nearly 363,000 of its vehicles in the US are being recalled due to concerns over the “full self-driving beta” software. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) met with Tesla in January to raise concerns about the software allowing behavior that could violate local traffic laws, such as ignoring stop signs or driving through a yellow light.

In response, Tesla has issued a recall “out of an abundance of caution” and is updating the software for free. This isn’t the first time the company has had to recall vehicles due to issues with its autopilot technology; last year, 54,000 vehicles were recalled because the system let cars roll through stop signs.

Boss Elon Musk has remained characteristically defiant, dismissing the recall as an “anachronistic” use of the term and reiterating that the advanced driving features are not meant to make the cars autonomous.

But while Tesla and the NHTSA may be at odds over the software, one thing is clear: when it comes to breaking traffic laws, your Tesla may be a little too eager to go above and beyond.