Tesla Model 3 gets CR recommendation after OTA brake update

Consumer Reports changes its mind on Tesla Model 3

"I've been at [Consumer Reports] for 19 years and tested more than 1,000 cars, and I've never seen a vehicle that could improve its track performance with an over-the-air update", Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports, said in a blog post. Prior tests measured the braking distance at 152 feet. So for Tesla to make good on Musk's promise, it may need additional updates to the braking software. The improved braking distance pushed the Model 3's overall score up enough for the organization to issue a recommendation. Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports, described the improvement as unprecedented. Update duly delivered, vehicle duly re-tested and the Consumer Reports frown has turned upside down, with the consumer publication openly recommending the auto.

The Model 3, which starts at $35,000, is seen as crucial to Tesla's profitability at a time when it is battling reports of crashes involving its Autopilot software, questions over funding and production shortfalls.

Tesla's Model 3 has earned a recommendation from Consumer Reports. "UI improvements coming via remote software update later this month", Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said in a tweet here in response to the report.

"I've been at CR for 19 years and tested more than 1,000 cars", says Jake Fisher, the magazine's director of auto testing, "and I've never seen a vehicle that could improve its track performance with an over-the-air update". Musk suggested in the same conversation with CR that some of those problems could be addressed with OTA updates.

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Tesla Motors unveiled its lower-priced Model 3 sedan at the Tesla Motors design studio in Hawthorne, Calif., in March 2016. Improved windshield for aero noise & suspension for ride comfort are major ops.

Consumer Reports also said it got a record 350 miles of range per charge with a long-range version of the Model 3 when it's set on a high mode to recharge batteries with energy from braking.

Consumer Reports also said Tesla appeared to be making some changes to its control interface, something it's able to do thanks to the large touchscreen. "Tesla will be there as soon as he believes we should", Musk said.

'If so, we will address this at our expense. Consumer Reports said it will rent another Model 3 from Tesla to check on the changes and will report back on the results.

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