Consumer Reports Says Auto Brake Update Not Enough For Tesla To Regain Top Safety Rating
The over-the-air update Tesla pushed out to activate automatic emergency braking is sub par and not enough for Consumer Reports to move the Model S back to its safest-in-the-world status.
Last week, Consumer Reports made the decision to downgrade both the Tesla Model S and Model X due to an absent safety feature that had long been promised by Tesla.
The downgrade didn’t sit well with the automaker. Tesla immediately responded by pushing out an OTA update to activate automatic emergency braking. The safety feature returned almost immediately after Consumer Reports went public with its downgrade decision.
Now that automatic emergency braking is present in both the Model S and X, has Consumer Reports upgraded both vehicles?
And here’s why.
Consumer Reports announced on Friday that the Model S it owns had got the automatic emergency braking software update late on Thursday. However, there’s a catch. The feature only operates up to 28 miles per hour (45 km). On older Tesla’s (ones built prior to October 2016) this feature had an upper limit of 90 MPH.
“The magazine (Consumer Reports) cited a statement from Tesla that “over the next several weeks” the car maker would increase the speed limit “until it is the most capable of any vehicle in the world.”
So, perhaps in a couple of weeks Consumer Reports will upgrade the ratings for both vehicles, but not for now.