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Tesla wins back Consumer Reports after Model 3 update

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Tesla improved the software for its Model 3's antilock braking system, according to Consumer Reports, improving the car's braking distance by 19 feet after using an over-the-air update.

Why it matters: This improvement led to the Model 3 getting the magazine's endorsement, after CR refused to give its recommendation last week thanks to the vehicle's long stopping distance. Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at CR, said: "I’ve never seen a car that could improve its track performance with an over-the-air update.”