Tesla Model 3 recommended by Consumer Reports after brake software fix

Tesla Model 3 recommended by Consumer Reports after brake software fix

Tesla Model 3 recommended by Consumer Reports after brake software fix

"I've never seen a vehicle that could improve its track performance with an over-the-air update", said Jake Fisher, the director of auto testing at Consumer Reports.

Tesla surged more than 3% Wednesday after a second test by Consumer Reports found the company fixed issues the magazine previously found with the Model 3.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Wednesday that he would love to roll out Tesla cars in India but the tough government regulations have forced him to apply the brakes on his India plans till date.

Consumer Reports said it was getting a 152-ft average stopping distance from 60 miles per hour, while Tesla claimed an average of 133 feet in their own tests. Tesla told Consumer Reports that its software was tweaked to adapt to changes in use and different environmental conditions.

The improved braking raised the car's score high enough for it to be a recommended buy. While a few other automakers have begun employing OTA updates for some features in the auto, typically for infotainment changes, right now only Tesla offers these sort of in-depth modifications without a visit to a service center.

The magazine also took issues with a stiff back seat and and wind noise that Musk further claimed to be fixing in the factory, according to Bloomberg.

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Last May, Musk said that his plans to set up a facility in India had been derailed by the country's "Make in India" push, which requires foreign companies to source at least 30% of their products locally, reported Quartz.

CR plans to rent another Model 3 from Tesla at a later date to see these changes in action.

The updated brakes, while a large improvement, do not place the Model 3 at the top of its class, the publication said. But Palo Alto, California-based Tesla regularly sends software updates to customers of its vehicles, similar to how Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc. upgrade their mobile phone operating systems.

'While the negative reports of braking issues will not deter Tesla brand enthusiasts, it might raise doubts among the more casual buyer, ' said Neil Saunders, Managing Director of consumer research house GlobalData Retail. The advocacy groups maintain that Tesla and Musk are violating a recently enacted law that bars companies from making statements that lead drivers to mistakenly think a vehicle is fully autonomous if it doesn't meet the state's definition of a self-driving auto.

The magazine also found flaws with the Model 3's dashboard.

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