Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3: Safety
Independent testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the Tesla Model S a 5-star safety rating, not just overall, but in every subcategory without exception. Elon Musk has promised to repeat this feat with the Model 3 and given Tesla’s track record with the S and X, it doesn’t make sense to doubt him on this account. Approximately one percent of all cars tested by the federal government achieve 5 stars across the board.
Most items on the expansive list of safety features for Tesla’s current offerings will likely be available in the Model 3 as well, though it remains to be seen which will be standard. Tesla says that the Model 3 will come outfitted with with all of the sensors and wiring needed for it to operate in a manner similar to a fully autonomous vehicle. That doesn’t mean that the feature will be available in 2017. Most likely, it will be an aftermarket upgrade that will emerge once the technology has improved and regulators and insurers figure out how to handle one of the most important technological leaps in transportation history.