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After Consumer Reports said Tesla's Model 3 didn't earn its recommendation, Elon Musk took to Twitter to promise a fix -- via an over-the-air software update, no less.
According to Musk's tweets, the problem that led to inconsistent braking results "looks like" it can be fixed with an over-the-air firmware update. In traditional Musk fashion, he also used that tweet to promise that, in time, the Model 3 will out-brake the competition.
Firmware - Update - Days - Refinement - Distance
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.
While you might be wondering how larger brake pads and calipers can be sent to owners over the air, it's not exactly the hardware's fault. According to a different Musk tweet (it's hard to keep track of all these), the problem is likely due to the calibration algorithm in its antilock braking system. Thus, an over-the-air update can potentially remedy the issue, although if you intend on taking your Model 3 to the track, it's still a wise idea to upgrade the pads and rotors to more...
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