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Model 3 gets an "A" for headlights and "Superior" Front Crash avoidance from IIHS

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Az_Rael, May 15, 2018.

  1. Az_Rael

    Az_Rael Supporting Member

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    Some results trickling in. Will be interesting to see the rest when they finish the testing. So glad they fixed the headlights in the 3. Compared to our P85D, the 3's headlights are waaaay better.

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    #2 favo, May 15, 2018
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    Note, A = Acceptable, which is one rank below the highest rating of G = Good. Model S headlights had lowest rating of P = Poor.

    Here's hoping they were able to get G in all other categories, including Small Overlap Front, where Model S only got A.

    ETA: Just for completeness G = Good, A = Acceptable, M = Marginal, P = Poor
     
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    Thanks, I missed that nuance about the rating.
     
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    Worth mentioning that Tesla puts higher stock (and does better) in the NHTSA testing. Also, some manufacturers have been accused of building to the tests (e.g., small overlap), but skimping in other untested areas.
     
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    That's why the IIHS started doing small overlap tests on the passenger side also. They found several cars that were improved on the drivers side only.
     
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    Probably because the NHTSA star rating is the big test everyone knows about. Better marketing to nail 5 stars on that one as it is listed on the Monroney (Window) Sticker that every car shopper sees. IIHS ratings aren't on the window sticker, so it may be easier to go under the radar for not being a "top safety pick" or rating Poor in a category.
     
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    Plus, this years IIHS top pick is next years poor rating. IIHS tests demand continual improvement that most companies cannot achieve during a product cycle.
     
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    Surprised the headlights only got an "A" considering how bright and well it covers the area in front of you.
     
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    They probably got docked for too much glare for other drivers.
     
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    2016 Model S has an M (Marginal) for the headlights for those built after August 2016 that include Autopilot and the Premium Package. It looks like the others built in 2016 did receive P.
     
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    For some reason the 2017 Model S headlights got P again.
     
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    The pattern of the MS headlights are terrible. The brightness isn't too bad.
     
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    My wife's 2016 Mercedes C300's has the LED headlights and like those I'm sure the M3's headlights provide a bright white light, which does a great job of illuminating a wide path, but like the Mercedes, fall short of providing adequate focused illumination down the road. I've yet to see a LED headlight without being "lensed" which provides adequate illumination down the road to not be "over driving" the headlights at highway speeds. I guess the auto high beams may help, but as can be seen from the rating, they fall short of optimum also.
     
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    A lot of the issues have to do with U.S. regulations. The big 3 German brands all have some form of selective high beams - in essence, high beams are on all the time and they can block out portions where there is traffic yet the rest of the area is well illuminated. Unfortunately, that technology is verboten in the U.S.

     
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    I had no issues with overdriving my Audi's LEDs.
     
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    The laser headlights that BMW makes had to be certified by the FDA before they could be sold.
     
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    It is only the i8 that has them and they are different in the U.S. vs Europe - about 50% weaker here and are just standard auto-high beams (no selective high beams)
     
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    It was more implying the absurdity that the FDA is the department that is certifying headlights. The i8 also has that laser eye damage warning sticker on the inside of the housing.
     
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    They just wanted to make sure it cooked properly - don't want an e.coli incident on the roads!
     

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