US Models: Will They Get Life-Saving Feature?
Not long ago, the updated Tesla Model 3 was unveiled complete with numerous updates like a streamlined look, enhanced interior, and a light-weight frame. But perhaps the most attention-grabbing development is its increased safety features; included in this is an active hood created to minimize the harm from pedestrian-related mishaps. This can be found specified in the owner manual of the European edition of the electric sedan.
The front of the bumper is fitted with multiple sensors, all of which are capable of detecting collisions involving pedestrians that occur between 18.6 and 32.3 mph. In the unfortunate event of an incident, the back part of the hood is programmed to rise by 3.15 inches. This act raises the platform, shrinking the amount of distance a pedestrian would fall before impacting the vehicle.
Given its reliance on algorithms and sensors, Tesla states that not every pedesterian collision will result in the hood being deployed. Despite this, it still remains vigilant to offer protection as needed.
The Model 3 Highland features a wealth of active and passive enhancements in terms of safety and comfort: 1. Dual force dampers in the trunk; 2. Metallic latches for the doors to keep them properly aligned in the event of an accident; 3. An extendable bonnet for enhanced pedestrian safety during collisions. Well done @teslaeurope! pic.twitter.com/hU6eTE8IN6
This advancement in tech is nothing novel; as far back as 2005, Jaguar had included the functionality in the XK (X150). Volvo then introduced an airbag for pedestrians on the V40 in 2012. The active hood technology has been available in select areas for the Models S and X, but this is the very first time it’s accessible for their smaller vehicle, the Model 3.
It will definitely be intriguing to find out if the forthcoming Model 3 in America is equipped with this particular characteristic, as the current US-spec variant does not possess it, based on the manual that accompanies it. It’s not the only advancement the ‘Highland’ has picked up through this massive revamp.
Shared just recently on X by @tesla_Adri, news was released that electric vehicles may gain from metal door hooks, double-powered dampeners for the boot, and a central airbag located between the driver and front seat passenger.
Tesla has advanced assertions of grown range and lessened weight. According to the WLTP cycle, Tesla states that the Model 3 Long Range AWD will go a maximum of 391 miles on one charge, augmented from 374 miles initially. That’s an enviable rise, and US-spec variants will too gain an increase in range.
Down the line, car aficionados can look forward with enthusiasm to the advent of a Performance version. Anticipated to come with a modern electric motor, sporting “Ludicrous” branding and sumptuous sporty front seating, it is sure to befit its lofty status.
It should be intriguing to observe if the American-description Model 3 is outfitted with the dynamic hood system. We surely wish so, since pedestrian accidents are too common (and dangerous) within the United States.