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Tesla Releases Firmware Update for Model 3 Braking Performance

Tesla begins to issue an over-the-air firmware update for Model 3. This was after Tesla CEO Elon Musk stated that the company will do its best to improve the car’s braking performance.

According to Mr. Musk’s tweet, the update began rolling out on Friday.

He wrote, “Also, firmware fix for upgraded brake performance on standard Model 3 started rolling out yesterday. Should improve braking distance by ~20 ft. for repeated heavy braking events. Thanks @ConsumerReports for excellent critical feedback!”

Last week, Consumer Reports didn’t recommend the Model 3 because of its problems when braking on high speeds.

According to Consumer Reports’ Patrick Olsen, “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.”

On the other hand, one of numerous Consumer Reports’ positive remarks is the car’s “blistering” acceleration. Its 350-mile range was the highest the publication ever recorded for an electric vehicle.

As a result, Tesla Model 3 ranked sixth on the Consumer Reports’ hybrid and electric vehicles review.

The company’s software adjustment fix on Model 3’s braking wouldn’t hurt due to the car’s computer-controlled motor. It plays a significant role on the car’s braking, and it also allows braking to recapture some battery power.

On the other hand, Consumer Reports has said that they would retest the Model 3 to see the braking improvements.

Tesla New Execs

The company announced a series of executive additions from the previous weeks—some of whom came from worlds’ tech giants.

RELATED: Tesla Shares Up Despite Negative Publicity in the Market

Snap’s Stuart Bowers, a machine learning veteran, becomes Tesla’s VP of Engineering for both hardware and software; Apple’s tech operations leader Neeraj Manro becomes the Director of Energy Manufacturing; Amazon’s logistics director Mark Mastandrea becomes Tesla’s in charge of vehicle delivery services; and Walmart’s Kate Pearson becomes the company’s field delivery ops.

In recent months, Tesla is losing its Autopilot lead, a key safety representative, and other executives. The mentioned people and the other hires aren’t definitive coups, though. With this, Tesla only proves that they still attract serious talent and on track to the global car market competition.

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