Driver’s and other occupants’ safety is one of the key priorities Tesla Motors have. This approach turns out to be deserved” for example, the 2013 examinations result made Tesla Model S to become the safest car NHTSA ever tested. Read further to details of assessment, prerequisities for success and crash-test videos.
Obviously, cars are required not only to keep passengers safe in the accident, but also to avoid it as much as possible. That’s why all Tesla cars leave the factory with a sophisticated set of systems aimed at minimization of an accident forthcoming. Sensors, cameras and radars check the vehicle’s surroundings permanently and are always ready to activate the brakes even to stop the car completely. Moreover, Tesla autopilot use all this equipment at its peak efficiency, minimizing the human factor. Although it is still necessary to keep an eye on the road and hands on the wheel while going on autopilot, we have already made our personal conclusion on the Tesla’s intelligence:
In case when its impossible to avoid an accident, Tesla’s occupants safety is guranteed by several key factors. First of all, it is made up of the car’s body structure.
The battery underneath serves as a shield – it has a very strong structure itself and supplemented with a titanium shield capable of crushing stones and concrete. Apart from increasing body stiffness, the battery also makes an incredibly low center of gravity: according to NHTSA, Model S’ rollover probability is only 5,7% – one of the lowest on the market. Besides, the body structure is made with boron steel, while the front side shows high impact-absorbing qualities due to the engine’s absence. Another strong element is the roof capable of bearing 4 other Model S on top according to NHTSA.
Today Tesla Model S holds the leading positions in EuroNCAP and NHTSA safety ratings with 5 stars in all testing procedures.
Front impact (NHTSA)
Side-pole impact (NHTSA)
Side impact (NHTSA)