2022 Lucid Air Crashes Its Way To Tesla's Five-Star Safety Rating

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The electric sedan earned five stars in the latest set of evaluations.

The Lucid Air has achieved a maximum five-star rating in the latest Euro NCAP safety evaluations, signaling its entry into the European market with strong intent.

The luxury electric vehicle crashed its way to success, along with several other vehicles, in the organization's final group testing of 2022. In the Adult Occupant test, the Air scored 90% and faired even better in the Child Occupant evaluation, where it attained 91%.

In the Vulnerable Road Users section of the evaluation, the electric sedan scored 78%. While good, video footage shows the Air's driver assists did not detect a pedestrian in a simulated left-turn intersection. The vehicle also hit a dummy cyclist in the cross-traffic test.

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The Air did well in the nighttime AEB pedestrian tests, bucking the industry trend of poor night-time performance, and was able to prevent a potential accident despite the challenges that come with darker roads. Lastly, in the Safety Assist category, the luxury sedan obtained a final score of 84%.

It's not the only new car to gain the maximum rating of five stars in the latest batch of testing. The Tesla Model S, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Lexus RX, and Land Rover Discovery Sport also achieved top honors.

Neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA has evaluated the Lucid for crash safety, but the latest Euro NCAP ratings show it to be a particularly safe vehicle.

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Lucid's DreamDrive driver-assistance suite comprises more than 30 features and uses ultrasonic sensors, four surround-view cameras, five radar units, and 14 visible-light cameras to provide the best possible safety. With features like collision avoidance and Highway Assist, Lucid describes the package as "the most technically sophisticated advanced driver-assistance system."

For Air owners everywhere, it's comforting to know that the electric luxury sedan is safe as houses. Passing the stringent Euro NCAP test is proof of this, but it's set to get a lot harder for vehicles. The organization has announced it will introduce even tougher evaluations, such as passive safety tests that consider varying genders and ages. EV batteries will also be subjected to combustion testing.

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