The IIHS and NHTSA penalize Tesla in their safety ratings for the company’s decision to remove radar from their driver assistance systems.
As of May, the Tesla Model Y and Model 3 will have a new safety driver’s system that will replace the radar-based system in some vehicles. This decision alarmed the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Vehicles built after April 27, 2021 will no longer have IIHS’s “Top Safety Pick Plus” designation. The NHTSA will remove check marks for having forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and emergency brake support on their website.
The IIHS and NHTSA are removing the top scores Tesla once held on their Model Y and Model 3. A new safety system will replace the radar on some of their Model Y and Model 3 vehicles. Tesla has made no recent statement about the IIHS and NHTSA’s decision.
Combined with a short range sensor, “Tesla Vision” uses eight cameras. CEO Elon Musk states this setup, “work better” than the radar system. IIHS confirmed that they removed the Top Safety Pick Plus designation. They did say that the designation remains for vehicles built with radar. IIHS will soon test Tesla’s new system.
Here’s what Tesla stated about “Tesla Vision” on their website:
Some have yet to fully endorse the “Tesla Vision” system.
Other consumer organizations are also penalizing Tesla’s move, and insiders are angered by the decision. These organizations say that Tesla is using its consumers as Beta-testers for their newest safety system. And that they should wait for their system to be fully evaluated by the aforementioned organizations.
So far, neither Tesla nor Elon Musk have directly responded to the rating groups’ decisions to remove top marks from their best-selling vehicles.