Thankfully, no real kids were harmed during this experiment.
The Tesla Model 3 is a product that has been hailed for its standard safety specification but a video taken at this year's Consumer Electronics Show seems to prove that it's not as effective during the night. The pedestrian collision detection test was conducted by Luminar which is a company that focuses on light detection and ranging (LiDar) perception systems for autonomous technologies.
With the rise of intelligent safety features, there have been several debates regarding which detection system is the best. That's why Luminar chose to set up this arena so it could pit a Lexus fitted with its LiDar system against the likes of the Tesla which uses a series of eight cameras to create a 360-degree view. As you can see, it didn't quite stop in time when faced with a synthetic child.
The multitude of features included in general advanced driver-assistance systems, such as lane-change assist, blind-spot detection, and adaptive cruise control, are all important when it comes to overall safety but the autonomous emergency braking feature is the one that has a proven track record of saving lives. This is according to an IIHS study.
Conducted in 2017, the study revealed that low-speed autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, and standard autonomous emergency braking reduced rear-end collisions with injuries by 20, 45, and 56 percent, respectively. It went on to confirm that front collision warning and autonomous emergency braking combined resulted in a crash reduction of 20 percent.
This is not the first time that Tesla's detection systems have come under fire. Just last year, it was revealed that the company's forward-collision warning systems received the most complaints from consumers who had purchased MY21 units. The data sourced by the NHTSA showed that this number was far higher than any of the competition.
During this period, it was also revealed that Tesla had begun work on replacing a collection of defective repeater cameras. These affected Model S, X, and 3 units that were produced in Fremont, California. It was clarified that this measure was not an official recall but rather a "goodwill" repair to customers that have complained about the system.