Tesla’s eMMC put on issues highlight the pitfalls of packing an excessive amount of technology right into a vehicle

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Proprietors of older Tesla Model S and Model X are complaining of multiple random glitches and issues like the lack of the rearview camera, autopilot system, Heating and cooling settings controls, silenced audio alerts, malfunctioning touchscreens, and much more.

After receiving over 12,000 complaints, the united states National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has become searching in to the issue as well as an initial probe shows that the issues were brought on by worn-out memory within the car’s media control unit (MCU).

A study stated some 159,000 Tesla Model S and Model X units created to between 2012 and 2018 are in risk.

The issue comes from the car’s utilization of NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 SoCs. These chips have 8GB of eMMC flash storage and these chips are putting on out after exhausting their program/erase cycles. That’s to become expected because all flash memory have limited write cycles.

Tesla had earlier confirmed that Model S and X cars which were built before 2018 could bee prone to this problem, however their admission only pointed towards malfunctioning touchscreens. It appears since the problems run much deeper than that.

To mitigate the problem, Tesla has issued a firmware update to extend the existence from the embedded memory inside the Tegra 3 SoC. 

But by doing this, Tesla is just kicking the can lower the street. The truth is, eventually, the memory will still put on out and proprietors will need to bring their cars set for a repair.

Source: The Register