Tesla High Security Suggestions from Client Stories, IIHS uncovered
Tesla Model 3
When Tesla decided to remove radar sensors from its newer Model 3 and Model Y vehicles in the United States, it had to downgrade the functionality of those cars, at least temporarily. As a result, Consumer Reports and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are exposing some key safety notices to these cars.
Consumer Reports announced that the Tesla Model 3 will no longer be listed as a “Top Pick” in 2021, and reported that IIHS is also planning to remove the “Top Safety Pick +” label from the Model 3. The temporary loss of these recommendations could impact Tesla’s sales and marketing strength. Automakers generally advertise such industry awards when communicating with potential customers.
Jake Fisher, senior director of Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center, told CNBC that if Tesla fully restores all of the functionality of its cars, it can get its referrals back.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s review pages for Tesla Model 3 and Model Y, the Warning, Crash-Impending Braking, and Dynamic Braking Assist on or after the 27th.
Fisher notes that impending crash braking, also known as automatic emergency braking, and forward collision warning are currently standard in almost three quarters of cars in 2021. Consumer Reports have not yet tested the radar-free version of Tesla vehicles, he confirmed.
As CNBC previously reported, Elon Musk’s electric car company announced on Tuesday that it will be banning Model 3 and Model Y radar sensors for customers in North America from May this year.
The higher-priced Models S and X, as well as the Model 3 and Model Y, which were developed for markets outside North America, still have radar technology on board.
In its announcement, Tesla said the modified cars would now use a camera and machine learning-based software system, Tesla Vision, to enable driver assistance functions. Tesla markets these as autopilot, its standard option, and full self-driving, its premium option. None of the systems make Tesla vehicles autonomous.
Tesla also warned customers that their new Model 3 or Y “with some features temporarily restricted or inactive” could be shipped for an unspecified but brief period of time when Tesla launches its new system.
Radar was previously considered an essential part of Tesla’s advanced driver assistance systems. In a 2016 blog post that has now been deleted from Tesla’s website, the company wrote:
“The most significant upgrade to the autopilot will be the use of more advanced signal processing to use the on-board radar to create a picture of the world. The radar was added to all Tesla vehicles as part of the Autopilot hardware suite in October 2014, but was only intended as an additional sensor to the primary camera and vision system. After careful consideration, we now believe that it can be used as a primary control sensor without the camera having to confirm the visual image recognition. “
Tesla did not respond to a request for more information.