The machine is learning: Elon Musk tweets about Consumer Reports, Autopilot

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Tesla Autopilot

Tesla hit kind of a rough patch last week. First, Consumer Reports removed its "Recommended" seal of approval from the Model S because of predicted reliability issues, and then videos started surfacing showing the recently launched Autopilot software making apparent driving mistakes.

Elon Musk is not the kind of CEO who keeps quiet about these things, so he took to Twitter to comment on both things. First, let’s look at what he had to say about the Consumer Reports story:

Consumer Reports reliability survey includes a lot of early production cars. Already addressed in new cars.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 21, 2015

It is true that because the Model S hasn’t been around for long and because it is an entirely new platform (not just a slightly modified Camry), early production models might have more "bugs" than later ones.

Tesla has had the philosophy of improving its products continuously, both via software and hardware updates, so it’s hard to tell where cutoff points are for potentially more problematic vehicles, but in theory, more recent ones should have the benefit of more manufacturing tweaks than older ones.

This is not to say that newer Model S EVs are perfect, though. Consumer Reports has found problems with them too…

Tesla gets top rating of any company in service. Most important, CR says 97% of owners expect their next car to be a Tesla (the acid test).

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 21, 2015

Which brings us to Musk’s second point. Do…

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