Consumer Reports said Wednesday that its view of the Model 3 has changed after Tesla issued an over-the-air software update which the consumer product reviewer said improved the car's braking distance by nearly 20 feet.
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. Later, the auto was re-instated by Consumer Reports as a top-rated ultra-luxury sedan after consumers said its reliability had improved, and it updated its software to include automatic emergency braking at highway speeds.
Fast forward to today and Consumer Reports has revealed the update has significantly improved the situation. "I've been at CR for 19 years and tested more than 1,000 cars", Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports, said in a statement, "and I've never seen a vehicle that could improve its track performance with an over-the-air update". Update duly delivered, vehicle duly re-tested and the Consumer Reports frown has turned upside down, with the consumer publication openly recommending the auto.
No dealer visit required: Tesla sent a revised braking calibration to the Model 3 remotely.
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Consumer Reports said that issues it had highlighted last week had been resolved. "I've been at CR for 19 years and tested more than 1,000 cars", Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at the organization said of the change, "and I've never seen a vehicle that could improve its track performance with an over-the-air update".
'Firmware fix for upgraded brake performance on standard Model 3 started rolling out yesterday, ' he tweeted.
According to Musk, some of these concerns had been addressed in the Model 3 production line over the past few months. Improved windshield for aero noise & suspension for ride comfort are major ops.
"Really appreciate the high quality critical feedback from Consumer Reports", Musk said in a tweet Wednesday.
The magazine also said almost all of the Model 3's controls are on a center touchscreen direction with no gauges on the dashboard and few buttons inside the vehicle. Following a recent software update, however, the magazine is now giving Tesla its approval. "Tesla will be there as soon as he believes we should", added Musk, also the SpaceX founder.