IIHS restores Tesla Model 3’s top safety rating after testing the vision-based system, Consumer Reports follows



The story starts when Tesla’s AI team decided that it is better to eliminate the forward-facing radar from the safety, Autopilot, and Full Self-Driving (FSD) algorithm. CEO Elon Musk announced back in April that Tesla is now going to move forward with a pure vision-based approach in handling the Autopilot decisions.

This decision also affected the automatic emergency braking (AEB) and front collision warning (FCW) systems for the newly built radar-less cars or if Tesla decides to disable the radar in existing cars via an over-the-air (OTA) software update.

In light of this, decision, both Consumer Reports (CR) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) dropped the Tesla Model 3 from their list of “Top Safety Picks”.

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In the meantime, Tesla provided IIHS with a Tesla Model 3 that utilizes the new vision-based system to take decisions for AEB and FCW. After thoroughly testing the new system, IIHS restored the Model 3’s safety status back to “Top Safety Picks+” the highest safety rating a car can score with the IIHS.

In light of IIHS’ decision, Consumer Reports also reinstated the Tesla Model 3 back its Top Pick status as well CR reported earlier today.

“Given the IIHS’ recent evaluations of Tesla’s new camera-based system on its Model 3 and consistent with CR’s integration of IIHS ratings into our recommendations, CR is restoring the car’s Top Pick status,” says Jake Fisher, senior director of CR’s Auto Test Center. 

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IIHS 2021 Tesla Model 3 AEB and Front Collision safety systems rating.
IIHS awards 2021 Tesla Model 3 AEB and Front Collision safety systems a ‘superior’ rating. Source: IIHS website.
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This is one of the first endorsements that Tesla’s decision to go only with vision-based Autopilot and FSD was the right one backed by ample R&D efforts.

Tesla AI Director and team lead of the Tesla FSD and neural net training program Andrej Karpathy last went in-depth about why the automaker took the vision-based approach and dropped radar, cost, was one of the main reasons.

The screenshot from the IIHS website above also implies that the Tesla Model 3 cars built after April 2021 do not have the radar system installed in them — thus Tesla is moving full throttle ahead with the pure vision-based safety, basic Autopilot, and FSD. In light of this information, we can be sure that the new Tesla Model S and Model X are also radar-less now.

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Iqtidar Ali
Iqtidar Alihttp://www.teslaoracle.com
Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on XAutoWorld.com, many of his articles have been republished on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the Social Media sphere. You can reach him on Twitter @IqtidarAlii

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