On Wednesday we reported that Tesla had officially dropped radar from its Model 3 and Model Y EVs, instead moving to the fully for its driver-assist systems. That decision has had some big consequences, according to a new report from Consumer Reports published on Thursday. That report states that the Model 3 and Model Y are losing the company’s Top Pick award, as well as the .
According to the IIHS and Consumer Reports, the problem lies in the fact that due to the swap to the camera-based system, certain safety features such as automated emergency braking and forward-collision warning will be temporarily unavailable or limited at delivery. (Tesla’s own blog post about the change only mentions limits on lane-keeping assist, and that lane-departure warning and Tesla’s summon features might not be available.) To make CR’s Top Pick list, a car has to have collision warning and emergency braking with pedestrian detection as standard; while this drops the Model 3’s scores it’s still recommended, though the Model Y has a lower score and isn’t.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also making changes because of Tesla Vision. Model 3 and Model Y EVs built after April 27, 2021 will no longer receive the agency’s checkmark for automated emergency braking, forward collision warning and lane-departure warning. According to Consumer Reports, this change was made after Tesla informed NHTSA about the camera system.
Tesla previously made the IIHS’, though the agency has recently talked about about driver-assist systems. The Model 3 was recently on , though other models from the automaker have slipped off. Once NHTSA and the IIHS have opportunities to test the updated Teslas, these ratings and scores may change.
We would typically ask an automaker for comment on matters such as these, but Tesla no longer has a PR department.