Key Rating Groups Withdrew Top Status from Tesla Cars, Radar Is to Blame

Key Rating Groups Withdrew Top Status from Tesla Cars, Radar Is to Blame

Tesla ditched radar from Model 3 and Model X. In return, U.S. key rating groups, namely Consumer Reports and IIHS, yanked safety ratings for those vehicles.

What is this about?  Tesla decided not to equip the Model 3 and Model Y with a front radar saying that a vision-only system (Tesla Vision) is” ultimately all that is needed for full autonomy.”

So, starting from May 2021, Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features on the aforementioned Teslas will rely on cameras and an onboard computer, but only in North America. No radar anymore….  

The Model S and Model X, as well as vehicles outside the USA and Canada, will ditch radar at a later date. Those customers who ordered cars before this month will receive notifications informing if their vehicle is one with Tesla Vision.

Consumer Reports pulled its “Top Pick” status for Tesla’s Model 3s and Ys made after April 27. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) removed the vehicles’ “Top Safety Pick Plus” designation but left it for cars with radar.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ceased giving the Models 3 and Y check marks on its website for availability of forward collision warning, AEB, lane departure warning, emergency brake support.

These respected organizations believe car safety сan be under threat without radar. IIHS said it would test the new Tesla Vision system. Others will probably do the same.

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