Home » Tech

Auto insurance crash test results weren't what Tesla and BMW wanted

03 February, 2017, 00:53 | Author: Abraham Jackson
  • During a crash test the Tesla Model S structure held up well the IIHS says but the airbag allowed the crash test dummy's head to hit the steering wheel

The Prius Prime is the more miserly of the two getting 54 mpg while the Volt came in at 42 mpg.

The i3 achieved only an "adequate" score for "head restraints & seats", which prevented the vehicle from achieving the top score and the Model S achieved only an "adequate" score in the "small overlap front" crash test. The Elon Musk company insists that the Models S was previously awarded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with a 5-star safety rating as well as by the European New Car Assessment Programm. The "plus" is given to vehicles that meet all those criteria and also have good or acceptable headlights.

The issue was the seatbelt which failed to restraint the dummy's head from hitting the steering wheel. The vehicle only received an "acceptable" rating. The Model S didn't get the grade because of Acceptable rating in the small overlap front crash test, though the rating applies only to models built until January 23, 2017 as Tesla has committed to a production change.

The government hasn't yet reported crash-test results for the i3.

Despite growing interest in autonomous cars - vehicles that could potentially disrupt the auto insurance space due to their improved safety performance - it would seem that some current hi-tech vehicles still have a way to go before they can meet the leading safety standards. The rating is based on a strength-to-weight ratio. The result of this test, in which the vehicle collides with a rigid barrier at 40 miles per hour, led the group to downgrade Model S despite its body structure performing well enough for a good rating. Although each Model S has the hardware for forward crash prevention, Tesla hasn't yet activated the software for all of its vehicles.

VW outperforms Toyota in global sales
Toyota Motor's global auto sales totaled 10.17 million units, falling below Volkswagen's 10.31 million units over the same period. Sales for the German automaker were mainly driven by a surge in sales in China - 3,548,600 units, up 12 percent year on year.

Paula Patton accuses Robin Thicke of domestic abuse in ongoing custody battle
As the child abuse allegations are flung, claims of Thicke's serial cheating, drug use, and physical abuse are coming out. She said the next day, after that incident, he was physically violent with her and pushed her down and kicked her.

Selena, Weeknd get cosy in Italy
Her arm tucked inside that of her new boyfriend, 24-year-old Selena looked besotted as the pair took in the sights. He has supported her fully since leaving rehab and she finds that support invaluable. "He really likes her".

Tesla also indicated that it's working to improve its headlights, which were given a poor rating for all 2017 Tesla Model S versions. In both cases, there's room for some improvement, the IIHS says.

The BMW i3, a small electric city vehicle, was rated "acceptable" and "not good" on head restraints and seat safety. While such injuries are rarely fatal, they are the most common type of crash injury and can cause debilitating pain. The system reduced the impact speed by an average of 9 mph in the 12 mph track test and by 7 mph in the 25 mph test. An optional front protection system, when fitted, nudges the i3 into the "advanced" rating.

This Sept. 20, 2016, photo provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows a 2017 BMW i3 before crash safety testing. It is a unusual oversight - the i3 is the only small auto that IIHS has tested that didn't earn a good rating in this category for 2017. They can be just as safe as any other vehicle on the road.

The group recently gave the Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius Prime its top scores, Top Safety Pick Plus, to the two plug in hybrids.

Recommended:

  • Business owner who claimed mom died because of ban lied

    Business owner who claimed mom died because of ban lied

    He believes his mother would have survived if she had been able to return to her home and seek treatment, Fox 2 said. He was allowed to pass, but his mother and family members, all green card holders , were denied access.
    Up to 50 immigrants being detained at DFW Airport under Trump's order

    Up to 50 immigrants being detained at DFW Airport under Trump's order

    The man, 32, who asked to be identified only as Omar, arrived in Charlotte in 2012 and went back to Iraq to get married in 2015. She said several hundred more people who were booked on USA -bound flights in the next week were now stranded around the globe.
    Chelsea defender Ivanovic in advanced talks with Zenit

    Chelsea defender Ivanovic in advanced talks with Zenit

    West Bromwich Albion are weighing up a late move for Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic , according to a report. He had different games in the starting XI.
  • Republican senators won't support DeVos nomination

    Republican senators won't support DeVos nomination

    Assuming all other Republicans vote for DeVos and all Democrats vote against, that means the vote breakdown is now tied at 50-50. Despite this, Trump announced on November 23 that Betsy DeVos would be his choice for Secretary of Education.
    Amazon to move Prime Air cargo hub to Cincinnati

    Amazon to move Prime Air cargo hub to Cincinnati

    Matt Bevin played a key role in the deal by sitting in meetings with Amazon officials to craft a state incentive package. Amazon .com, Inc. has a lease agreement for 40 cargo planes. 2,000 of these jobs will be at the hub in Kentucky.
    Fresh details on the DEADLY al shabaab attack on KDF

    Fresh details on the DEADLY al shabaab attack on KDF

    Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Paul Njuguna confirmed the attack was committed by Al-Shabab. These suicide explosions were followed by hordes of attackers who were repulsed by the soldiers.
  • China's manufacturing sector continues to improve

    China's manufacturing sector continues to improve

    Detailed within the report, the domestic market was a "prime" source of new business, whilst exports reported a modest increase. Manufacturers have responded with an increase in selling prices, which may in turn begin to drive consumer price inflation.
    Why Did Apple Just File a Vaporizer Patent?

    Why Did Apple Just File a Vaporizer Patent?

    The details are a bit nebulous, as the patent only describes a "a substance that is to be vaporized or sublimated into a vapor". The e-cigarette is described in the patent having a cylindrical shape, thermal jacket and a body unit as well as a lid.
    Brexit bill: Jo Stevens quits Labour front bench

    Brexit bill: Jo Stevens quits Labour front bench

    Corbyn, but could not vote to trigger Article 50 as she still believed leaving the European Union would be "a bad mistake". Several other Labour frontbenchers are also considering their position. "I love being in the whips' office", she said.
  • Bipartisan Senate vote moves Tillerson closer to confirmation

    Bipartisan Senate vote moves Tillerson closer to confirmation

    Instead, Democrats shifted to an uphill battle to try to convince Republicans to vote against Tillerson. Graham (R-S.C.) had announced their support for Tillerson before the committee voted .
    Washington state suing Trump over immigration order

    Washington state suing Trump over immigration order

    The move makes Washington the first state to announce a legal action against the Trump administration over one of its policies. The states could decide not to file lawsuits, and it was unclear how many states would ultimately sign on for such an effort.
    Bethesda: PS4 Pro Patch For Fallout 4 Still In The Works

    Bethesda: PS4 Pro Patch For Fallout 4 Still In The Works

    Oh, and on top of that you'll need a whopping 58GB of storage space for all these hot textures. Fallout 4's latest patch might melt your face off, and not because of high levels of radiation.


Popular

Go Red to support women's heart health during February
Indianapolis firefighters are expected to participate as well as past winners of the American Heart Association's "Real people". Volunteers knitted the red hats themselves and have delivered them to metropolitan hospitals for the babies to wear.

Sean Spicer Says US Citizens Won't Be Targeted in Anti-Terror Efforts
Anwar Al-Awalki, a US-born cleric who directed attacks against the USA , was killed in a targeted drone strike in 2011. Yemeni security forces killed an Al-Qaeda leader in the province of Lahj during a raid on Tuesday, police said.

FDA issues new warning against homeopathic teething tablets
Food and Drug Administration announced a warning for consumers who use a popular teething tablet for their children. However, this is not the first time the FDA warned consumers about the risks associated with homeopathic products.

GM Cutting Jobs in Canada
Today, we have a $120 billion deficit. "Make in United States of America or pay big border tax!" "It is awful ", said Van Boekel. It stinks, it's just GM up to their normal stupid games again and taking jobs out of Canada for no reason", adds Van Boekel.

Gov. Bryant: DeVos 'will be a transformative leader' for Dept. of Education
Senate Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York), have criticized DeVos on a variety of fronts. The flurry of opposition is tied to DeVos's long history of activism for school choice, particularly voucher programs.

Resident Evil 7 Ships 2.5 Million Copies, Demo Downloads Hit 7 Million
Biohazard, the most recent title of the successful franchise of Capcom, has already sold 2.5 million units worldwide. When playing in virtual reality, Ethan's arms float in front of you as you walk around in the game.

Lunar New Year triggers world's largest human migration
According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, people born under the sign of the rooster are courageous and responsible, but very vain. China is seeing a rise in "rent-a-girlfriend/boyfriend" apps as the Lunar New Year comes tomorrow.

Palace rallies Miss U support for Maxine
The grand finale will be hosted by Emmy Award victor Steve Harvey and will feature body activist Ashley Graham as backstage host. She explained that the flow of the pageant is faster this time as reported by ABS-CBN .

Iranian actor to boycott Oscars over Trump's 'Racist' Visa Ban
However, reps for Farhadi , The Salesman , and the film's distributor did not immediately respond to EW's requests for comment. Asghar Farhadi is up for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Film category for his psychological thriller "The Salesman".

Sharp fall in exports slows United States growth
Gross domestic product slowed to 1.6% previous year from 2.6% in 2015, marking the smallest gain since 2011. Excluding food and energy prices, the PCE price index increased 1.3%, compared with an increase of 1.7%.