Elon Musk has recently spoken about a braking flaw in the Tesla Model 3 cars after several consumer reports and promised a firmware update to fix the error.
According to BBC News, attention was brought to the problems regarding the failing braking systems after they were flagged in a review of the Model 3 car by US website Consumer Reports. Patrick Olsen wrote: “Our testers found flaws – big flaws – such as long stopping distances in our emergency braking test and difficult-to-use controls,”
Initially, Tesla challenged the findings after the reviewer that the average braking distances were at 46 meters and following up by saying that it “was far worse than any contemporary car we’ve tested”
Tesla responded in a statement by saying: “Tesla’s own testing has found braking distances with an average of 133ft when conducting the 60-0 mph stops using the 18″ Michelin all season tyre and as low as 126ft with all tyres currently available.”
To Be Dealt With
Elon Musk later posted on Twitter, saying the issue at hand would be dealt with by the end of the week. His post said: “Looks like this can be fixed with a firmware update. Will be rolling that out in a few days. With further refinement, we can improve braking distance beyond initial specs. Tesla won’t stop until Model 3 has better braking than any remotely comparable car.”
With over 400,000 pre-orders, the Model 3 is officially one of the most anticipated mass-production cars to date, as BBC reports. Consumer Reports described the Model 3 as an “impressive performance sedan”, although they did not make any mention of a recommendation to purchase the vehicle. According to the report, they also spoke about how reliant the Model 3 was on touch-screen controlling for everything in the vehicle, saying that it could easily cause “driver distraction”, which could cause more accidents.