Top Tesla Safety Endorsements from Consumer Reports, IIHS Suspended

When Tesla decided to exclude radar sensors from its newer Model 3 and Model Y vehicles in the US, it had to downgrade the functionality of these cars at least temporarily. As a result, Consumer Reports and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are suspending some key safety endorsements for those cars.

Consumer Reports said it no longer lists the 2021 Tesla Model 3 as a “first pick” and reported that IIHS also plans to remove the “Top Safety Pick +” designation from the Model 3. Losing these recommendations for now could hurt sales and strength. Tesla Marketing. Automakers generally tout these industry accolades in communication with prospective customers.

Jake Fisher, senior director of the Consumer Reports Self-Test Center, told CNBC that Tesla can get its recommendations back by fully restoring all functions to its cars.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rating pages for Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles manufactured as of April 27, 2021 no longer have checkmarks indicating that the agency has tested the safety features. on modified Teslas, including forward collision warning, lane departure. warning, impending collision braking and dynamic braking support.

Fisher notes that impending collision braking, also known as automatic emergency braking, and forward collision warning are currently standard on nearly three-quarters of 2021 passenger vehicles. Consumer Reports has not yet tested the non-radar version of Tesla vehicles, he confirmed.

As previously reported by CNBC, Elon Musk’s electric car company announced Tuesday that it would exclude radar sensors from Model 3 and Model Y vehicles from 2021 starting in May this year for customers in North America.

Its higher-priced Model S and X vehicles, and Model 3 and Model Y cars made for markets beyond North America, still have onboard radar technology.

In its announcement, Tesla said the modified cars would now use a camera and a machine learning software-based system, Tesla Vision, to enable driver assistance functions. Tesla markets them as Autopilot, its standard option, and Full Self-Driving, its premium option. Neither system makes Tesla vehicles autonomous.

Tesla also warned customers that their new Model 3 or Y “may be delivered with some temporarily limited or inactive features” for a short but unspecified period while Tesla launches its new system.

Radar was previously considered an essential part of Tesla’s advanced driver assistance systems. In a 2016 blog post, now removed from Tesla’s website, the company wrote:

“The most significant update to Autopilot will be the use of more advanced signal processing to create a picture of the world using on-board radar. The radar was added to all Tesla vehicles in October 2014 as part of the Autopilot hardware suite, but it was only intended to be a supplemental sensor to the main camera and image processing system. After careful consideration, we now believe that it can be used as the primary control sensor without the need for the camera to confirm visual recognition of the image. “

Tesla did not respond to a request for more information.

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