May 30, 2018 - Energy & Environment

Tesla wins back Consumer Reports after Model 3 update

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Tesla improved the software for its Model 3's antilock braking system, according to Consumer Reports, improving the car's braking distance by 19 feet after using an over-the-air update.

Why it matters: This improvement led to the Model 3 getting the magazine's endorsement, after CR refused to give its recommendation last week thanks to the vehicle's long stopping distance. Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at CR, said: "I’ve never seen a car that could improve its track performance with an over-the-air update.”

But, but, but: The Model 3 isn't totally out of the woods just yet. CR reports that testers "had other areas of concern as well," including the car's "uncomfortable rear seat," wind noise," "unique controls," and more. Tesla CEO Elon Musk told CR a fix to for those problems was underway.

What comes next: CR says it is "renting another Model 3 from Tesla," and will "report back on what we find."

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