Tesla has prolonged its 5-star security ranking streak to Europe.
In a brand new spherical of testing, the European New Automotive Evaluation Programme (Euro NCAP) awarded the Mannequin Three its highest ranking of 5 stars. You may watch a video of Euro NCAP’s crash check beneath.
As enjoyable as it’s to look at a Tesla Mannequin 3 (or any automobile) get pummeled in crash checks, understanding what helped push the corporate’s security ranking so excessive is much extra fascinating.
The testing measures 4 areas: how the automobile protects adults and youngsters, the way it treats weak street customers like pedestrians and security help. Tesla has traditionally achieved excessive security scores because of the underlying structure of the automobile and its powertrain design, which makes the automobiles extra inflexible and higher protects occupants. The placement of the battery additionally offers the Mannequin Three and different Tesla automobiles a low heart of gravity, which improves dealing with and reduces the prospect of a rollover.
The Mannequin Three earned a 96% rating for the way it protects adults and 86% for crash check efficiency in protecting kids protected. It scored a 74% for the way the automobile handles weak street customers. That weak street customers rating is decrease than among the different 5-star rated automobiles just like the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE, Mercedes-Benz B-Class and the Skoda Scala.
Nevertheless it’s the security help rating, which charges the usual security options within the automobile, the place the Mannequin Three stands out. Euro NCAP didn’t check Autopilot, the superior driver help system that features adaptive cruise management, can change lanes and retains the automobile in its lane.
As a substitute, this evaluation centered on the automobile’s lively security options resembling automated emergency braking system (AEB) or one that forestalls drivers from unintentionally drifting into one other lane. The Tesla Mannequin Three earned the very best security help rating ever awarded by Euro NCAP below its newer 2018-2019 testing protocols.
Tesla improved its AEB system to all Mannequin S, Mannequin X and Mannequin Three automobiles constructed since October 2016 by way of an over-the-air software program replace made earlier this yr. Tesla additionally rolled out different new options in May together with lane departure avoidance and emergency lane departure avoidance.
The corporate’s engineers used knowledge collected from the sensor suite of each Tesla made since October 2016 together with inputs from drivers to get a greater understanding of how folks behave behind the wheel, in accordance with Tesla. That knowledge was used to construct out extra correct prediction fashions, which in flip, permit the options to higher mitigate or keep away from accidents.
The Mannequin Three shouldn’t be the one automobile to earn a 5-star ranking from Euro NCAP. The Audi e-tron, Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen T-Cross, Mazda 3, Kia Ceed, and Lexus UX are among the different 2019 fashions that earned 5 stars.