Tesla shares closed higher Friday ahead of a report from The Consumer Group urging the electric car maker to fix the flaws in its driver assist system to try and avoid further accidents similar to the fatal crash in California in March this year.
Tesla shares closed 0.50% higher at $317.66. The stock is also in the green in after-hours activity.
Tesla urged to fix flaws
US consumer watchdog group, ‘The Consumer Group’ said Friday that Tesla should fix the flaws in its driver assist system.
The comments calling for action follow the release of the National Transportation Safety Board’s report on the March 2018 crash involving a Tesla Model X while in the autopilot mode.
“While there is still much to learn from the NTSB investigation, this alarming report reinforces why Tesla must respond immediately to previous concerns raised about its driver-assist system,” said David Friedman, Director of Cars and Product Policy and Analysis for Consumers Union.
“Tesla hasn’t made sufficient changes to its system to address the NTSB’s concerns, and also has never provided detailed data to the public demonstrating the conditions in which Autopilot can safely operate. It’s far past time for Tesla to step up and show how truly innovative it can be when it comes to putting safety first,” Friedman added.
Tesla rolling out more advanced self-driving software
Separately, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet over the weekend that the company would begin rolling out an updated version of software that would eventually enable more advanced self-driving features.
Responding to a question on the Tesla autopilot function, Musk tweeted:
“That issue is better in latest Autopilot software rolling out now & fully fixed in August update as part of our long-awaited Tesla Version 9. To date, Autopilot resources have rightly focused entirely on safety. With V9, we will begin to enable full self-driving features.”
Now, this doesn’t mean the electric car will be fully autonomous in august this year. But, it does mean the company is moving closer towards that major milestone.