Tesla Model 3 software update earns Consumer Reports' approval

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Tesla's software update for the Model 3, pushed out to address criticisms of the electric car's braking performance, seems to have done the trick.

The Model 3 now stops much more quickly, thanks to a software update from Tesla, Consumer Reports found.

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.

An influential American consumer magazine has reversed an earlier unfavourable review on the Tesla Model 3 to recommend the electric auto. However, Consumer Reports found it took "significantly longer" not only than that quoted distance, but than any other contemporary vehicle.

In the organization's updated emergency braking tests, the auto stopped from 60 miles per hour in 133 feet, on par with the BMW 3-Series, and earned the Tesla a good score.

News of the Model 3 getting Consumer Reports' recommendation Wednesday recently sent Tesla shares up 3.3 percent to $293.15.

The improved braking raised the car's score high enough for it to receive the coveted recommendation.

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Furthermore, Tesla has already begun to take numerous outlet's other complaints (such as wind noise and uncomfortable rear seats) into account by implementing changes to their production line.

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. Musk said in his tweet that user interface improvements are "coming via remote software update later this month".

Musk said that those upgrades are available for existing owners, but suggested instead that to improve ride comfort, owners drop tire pressures from 45 psi to 39 psi. But Consumer Reports said testers had other areas of concern.

"Looks like this can be fixed with a firmware update", Musk said.

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 auto.

The software update was done either via the car's cellular connection or a wireless internet link, depending on how the owner configures the vehicle, according to Tesla.

A Tesla (TSLA) spokesperson told the magazine the software was updated to improve the brakes' performance with different drivers and in varying environmental conditions.

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