Tesla Model S OTA Update to Top Safety Award
Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc’s Model S sedan has regained the Consumer Reports’ top rating for safety in its segment, according to the magazine.
Consumer Reports based the decision to award the top safety rating to the sedan again after Tesla incorporated the emergency braking system on the vehicle. The decision by the magazine came on Tuesday.
Tesla has provided an over-the-air(OTA) update to its software on the Model S(P90D) in the month of July. The software update includes automatic emergency braking at highway speeds.
The update came after the Tesla Model S’ rating was lowered in April. The reason cited by the magazine was that the Tesla’s last software update around the time regarding emergency braking system wasn’t adequate.
In the previous update, the automatic emergency brakes were only activated on vehicles driving at speeds of up to 45 km/h. This was much lower than the previously accepted 145 km/h limit that the prior automatic emergency systems had on the older vehicles.
Consumer Reports opined that the Model S had promised its customers AEB as a standard equipment and hence that was the reason the ranking had to be readjusted in the ultra-luxury car category.
The magazine also awards additional points to the overall rating score to the vehicles, which provide automatic emergency braking as a standard feature within all trims.