2018 Tesla Model 3
After a spate of crashes involving drivers using Tesla's Autopilot system, the press is awash in speculation about its effectiveness.
Now the IIHS, which rates accident avoidance systems across many automakers, has given the Tesla Model 3 its highest rating of "Superior" in its front crash prevention tests.
The IIHS gives three ratings for forward collision avoidance systems:
A score of one point earns a rating of "Basic" for the front crash prevention test, a score of 2 to 4 points rates "Advanced," and a score of five or six rates "Superior."
The Model 3 received the maximum of six points in the three tests, earning the system a "Superior" rating, or, among the best of such systems.
The fatal Autopilot crashes occurred at significantly higher speeds than the IIHS tests are designed to simulate.
UPDATE: This story has been corrected to remove references to IIHS testing Autopilot. All Teslas come standard with automatic emergency braking, which is what IIHS tested, along with forward collision warning. Tesla's optional $5,000 Autopilot system adds active lane control and adaptive cruise control to its cars.