Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla has confirmed that the Model 3 will be getting updates after Consumer Reports found “big flaws” in the electric car’s braking and touchscreen. The touchscreen had been found “difficult-to-use” as per the Consumer Reports. The publication has released a statement in response, praising Tesla for taking criticism seriously. Follow the full story of Tesla’s Model 3 Has Big Flaws-According To Consumer Reports here:
In the review published on Monday, CR pointed out that there was plenty to like about the Model 3. However, they ultimately were not able to recommend the vehicle for a shockingly long stopping distance at the time of emergency braking tests.
“The Tesla’s stopping distance of 152 feet from 60 mph was far worse than any contemporary car we’ve tested and about 7 feet longer than the stopping distance of a Ford F-150 full-sized pickup,”
as written by CR.
And since he’s wont to do, Musk has aired his displeasure with the CR report in a series of Monday evening tweets. At first, he mentioned the story to be very strange. He has even questioned the publication’s testing method, in specific-the emergency braking tests. He has also laid claim that CR has conducted its tests with an early production model of the Model 3. He even requested the publication to try again with a new version. You are currently reading “Tesla’s Model 3 Has Big Flaws-According To Consumer Reports”.
And CR even took issue with Tesla’s decision on eschewing traditional buttons and gauges and favoring of a giant touchscreen. All the things from adjusting the side view mirror to the airflow of heating and air conditioning are controlled via the touchscreen. This was a fact the CR testers discovered to be distracting and dangerous.
“These types of complex interactions with a touch screen can cause driver distraction because each act forces drivers to take their eyes off the road and a hand off the steering wheel.”
For their part, CR says that they obtained a second Model 3 when they noticed some inconsistencies in the braking tests, however, the results seemed almost identical. However, Jake Fisher from CR has this to say:
“That they are committed to implementing a fix and improving stopping distances on the Model 3 is good for everyone on the road. Our goal as a nonprofit membership organization is to create a fairer, safer world with and for consumers. That means better and safer products for all. If Tesla can update the brakes over the air — an industry first — we’d be happy to retest our Model 3.”
For anybody who tracked Tesla’s relationship with CR over the years, it has been a rollercoaster ride. That is all from us for now. You were reading “Tesla’s Model 3 Has Big Flaws-According To Consumer Reports”.
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