TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Complaints have arisen among Tesla drivers in Taiwan that navigation systems have been shutting down when seven words in Chinese are spoken, and the company has admitted to a software bug that it says it will swiftly fix.
Tesla drivers in Taiwan shared videos and experiences related to the seven-word command. The drivers complained that the in-car screens would immediately turn black but return to normal after an automatic restart.
Entertainer and rally racer Jimmy Lin (林志穎), the owner of a Model 3 and a Model X Tesla, tested the mysterious command on his car. A video shows him saying "Take me to the braised earthen fish soup on Kaiyuan Road” (開元路土魠魚羹) in Chinese, after which the navigation system blacked out, though it restarted shortly after.
A netizen speculated that the Chinese-language command sounds a bit like "Kindly root to boot again" in English, and the system would be misled to reboot accordingly.
After media reported the complaints, Tesla Taiwan responded that while a bug might have occurred in its voice recognition software program, they have proceeded to eliminate the error, which would not have caused safety problems while driving.