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The Tesla Model 3 Just Set A New Benchmark

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Elon Musk will be very happy about this.

Elon Musk now has something else to brag about, because the Tesla Model 3 is officially one of the safest cars on the road today. We know this because Euro NCAP recently destroyed a few copies of the electric sedan during a series of stringent crash tests, where it found the Model 3 to be one of the safest cars it has ever tested. NCAP was so proud, in fact, that it awarded the car with a perfect five-star rating.

The Model 3 earned its rating by scoring 96 percent in the Adult Occupant Protection category and 86 percent in the Child Occupant area. It also scored 94 percent the Safety Assist category, which is said to be the "best yet under Euro NCAP's most recent protocol," thanks to the plethora of active safety features such as Lane Departure Avoidance and Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance. It only scored 74 percent in the Pedestrian Safety test, however.

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"The Tesla Model 3 achieved one of the highest Safety Assist scores we have seen to date. Its Collision Avoidance Assist system is first class, with its Autonomous Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warning systems showing high levels of performance," said Matthew Avery, Director of Research, Thatcham Research. "Tesla has done a great job of playing the structural benefits of an electric vehicle to its advantage." The Model 3's lack of combustion engine and the battery pack's low center of gravity also improve the car's structural integrity, further protecting occupants in the event of a crash.

According to Tesla, Euro NCAP's crash test results demonstrate the improvements made to the company's Automatic Emergency Braking system, which were rolled out to all Model S, Model X and Model 3 cars built since October 2016 via an over-the-air software update earlier this year. They also reflect safety improvements made with new assists like Lane Departure Avoidance, Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance, and conditional speed limits based on time of day and weather conditions.