In Shocking Turnaround, Consumer Reports Withdraws Its Tesla Model S …

20 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Reliability Concerns Have Tesla Shares In The Shop.

The majority of states to do specifically claim that autonomous vehicles are illegal, and only 14 have considered legislation to regulation self-driving cars. Tesla (TSLA) shares fell sharply on Tuesday after Consumer Reports pulled its recommendation and issued below-average reliability ratings for the electric car maker’s Model S.

The car could, however, be taken off the road if regulators aren’t thrilled with the idea of autonomous vehicles roaming the country, Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law recently told Wired. The latest software update, 7.0 allows Model S to use its unique combination of cameras, radar, ultrasonic sensors and data to automatically steer down the highway, change lanes, and adjust speed in response to traffic. The problems involved “the drivetrain, power equipment, charging equipment, giant iPad-like center console, and body and sunroof squeaks, rattles, and leaks,” Consumer Reports said. There are laws prohibiting reckless driving, for example, and ‘a state or local law enforcement agency could use these provisions to target’ the cars ‘if they believed the vehicles to be dangerous.’ ‘Connected, automated vehicles that can sense the environment around them and communicate with other vehicles and with infrastructure have the potential to revolutionize road safety and save thousands of lives.’ The firm, which has eight dealerships in the UK said it was waiting for regulatory approval to roll out the software in Britain and Europe but was ‘hopeful’ this should happen within the month. Beyond the immediate hit to the shares, the news raises questions about whether Tesla will need to once again cut its 2015 vehicle delivery guidance of 50,000 to 55,000 cars.

Adding features like a sun roof led to reliability issues, and Model S owners also complained about having to replace the electric motor, said Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing. Consumer Reports issued a worse-than-average predicted reliability score for the Model S, which previously held the magazine’s “recommended” label reserved for cars that meet certain criteria. The magazine recommends only models with above-average reliability. “This year, with a below-average rating, we are no longer recommending the Model S,” he said. “In terms of owner satisfaction, customers would buy it again – they love it.” The magazine in August lauded the car’s combination of performance, luxury and efficiency when its tests resulted in a score of 103 on Consumer Reports’s 100-point scale.

Along with the new Autopilot features, the instrument cluster’s new driver-focused design shows the real-time information the car uses to intelligently determine the vehicle’s behavior in that moment relative to its surroundings. The instrument panel provides a visualization of the road as detected by the car’s sensors, giving drivers the information their car is using for features including lane departure, blind spot detection, speed assist, collision warning, adaptive cruise, and autosteer. Using a variety of measures including steering angle, steering rate and speed to determine the appropriate operation AutoSteer assists the driver on the road, making the driving experience easier. Side Collision Warning further enhances Model S’s active safety capabilities by sensing range and alerting drivers to objects, such as cars, that are too close to the side of Model S.

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