Tesla’s approach to the automotive market differs in many ways from other automakers. One of the opportunities not available to other brands in large quantities is the collection of data from thousands of vehicles during an accident. In a new video, Tesla showed how it uses such data, and at the same time verifies it in practice to improve the safety of its cars.
By collecting data from millions of vehicles in our fleet and simulating real-life accident scenarios, we can create some of the safest vehicles on the road.
In the past, the best way to design a car was through crash tests to meet industry standards. But these crash tests are like a few grains of sand. These grains of sand should represent a beach, but in reality the beach is infinitely complex. Each accident is unique. New technologies open up new possibilities. Now we can look at the real world and design a car for this.
In the video, Tesla engineers explained that they have collected real crash data from a variety of vehicles using sensors. Tesla has over 1 million vehicles on the road that provide a lot of data. And it is inevitable that some of these vehicles are involved in accidents. Based on this data, Tesla claims that the car is capable of detecting what type of crash it is within 10ms and adjusting the airbags accordingly. When an accident occurs, the car can find out the exact position of the seat and steering wheel, however the driver adjusts them, and deploy the airbags accordingly for optimal safety.
In the video, you can see how, after a long simulation, Tesla engineers recreated the accident for the first time when a pickup truck crashes into a Model Y under certain conditions. The automaker called such a crash test the first in the world.
Tesla cars are currently among the safest according to numerous independent crash tests. But the caveat is that the company’s approach described above makes them even safer over time.
Tesla Model S and Model X electric cars rise in price by $ 5,000
Tesla continues to rewrite the price tags for its electric vehicles. Yesterday we wrote that some versions of Model 3 and Model Y have risen in price in the United States by $ 2,000, and tonight the flagships – Model 3 and Model X have risen in price. Moreover, by $ 5,000 at once.
Model S Long Range yesterday cost $ 90,000 in the US, today it is $ 95,000. The Model X Long Range was priced at $ 100,000, now it is $ 105,000. At the same time, the ordered cars will have to wait for more than six months: Model S Long Range for new orders will be shipped only by June 2022.
And here’s another interesting point. Historically, the Model X crossover has always been more expensive than the Model S, but now that has changed. While the Model S Plaid costs $ 130,000, the Model X Plaid can be ordered for $ 120,000. Moreover, in fact, this is one and the same car, the only difference is in the body type.
BMW to cease production of internal combustion engines at Munich plant by 2024
BMW expects to end production of internal combustion engines at its main plant in Munich by 2024. This was announced yesterday by the head in charge of their release at a conference dedicated to the start of production of the electric i4 model.
According to Milan Nedeljkovic, the engines currently being produced in Munich will be produced at BMW plants in Austria and the UK, although cars with such engines will still be assembled at the Munich plant.
By 2023, at least half of the cars produced in Munich will be electrified. This concept includes both the number of battery electric vehicles and hybrids with the ability to charge from the mains. What’s more, BMW CEO Oliver Zipse recently said the company would be ready for any ban on combustion-powered cars starting in 2030.
Tesla Model 3 and Model Y have risen in price for the second time in a month, new buyers of the base Model 3 will receive their car only by September 2022
Tesla had already raised the price of its best-selling Model 3 and Model Y in the United States a few weeks ago, and now the company is raising prices again. Once again, the most popular models suffer. The increase was $ 2,000, however, it did not affect all modifications.
Thus, the Model 3 Standard Range Plus has risen in price from 42,000 dollars to 44,000. Interestingly, Tesla also updated the data on the lead time for the base Model 3 – new buyers will receive their electric car only in September 2022. However, it is possible to reduce the waiting period by several months if you choose larger wheels instead of standard wheels. Then you can get a freshly ordered base Model 3 by June 2022.
Tesla Model Y Long Range Dual Motor has risen in price from $ 55,000 to $ 57,000. Here, with the fulfillment of new orders for the Long Range version, it is also not easy: new buyers will have to wait for the crossover until August next year.
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