Consumer Reports restored its “Top Pick” rating for the Tesla Model 3 after new tests showed the car’s new camera-based security systems are effective.
The consumer protection group had revoked the coveted recommendation of the Model 3 in May afterwards Tesla has discontinued radar systems from its cheaper cars in favor of cameras and artificial intelligence.
Back then there were consumer reports warned the Model 3 and automatic emergency braking functions have not proven themselves without radar sensors.
But on Tuesday, the company restored Tesla’s “top-pick” crown after the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – or IIHS – published a new rating that shows the Model 3’s driver assistance functions still work well without radar.
“Given the recent IIHS ratings of Tesla’s new camera-based system on its Model 3, and in line with the incorporation of Consumer Reports’ IIHS ratings into our recommendations, Consumer Reports is restoring the car to the top pick status.” said Jake Fisher, senior director of the nonprofit’s auto test center.
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Consumer Reports’ reversal is an advertising win for Tesla that has been scrutinized for its assisted driving features.
The company was owned by Elon Musk forced to recall 285,000 cars in China Reports this week that an alleged cruise control bug could cause vehicles to suddenly accelerate.
Tesla is too before an inquiry from the California Department of Motor Vehicles whether advertising their vehicles as “self-driving” is misleading to consumers, as the driver must remain vigilant and awake at the wheel.
Tesla shares recently rose 0.3 percent to $ 681.01 early Wednesday.