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The Refreshed Tesla Model 3 Introduces Innovative "Active Hood" for Pedestrian Safety

27 Nov 2023
  • What is the Active hood safety feature in the Tesla model 3?

Tesla has once again set the bar high for automotive safety with the refreshed Model 3, codenamed "Highland." Among the myriad improvements and updates, one standout feature is the introduction of the "Active Hood," a cutting-edge safety technology designed to enhance pedestrian protection in the event of a collision.

Active Hood: A Shield for Pedestrian Safety

Active Hood: A Shield for Pedestrian Safety

The Active Hood is a passive safety feature that automatically engages in the event of a collision with a pedestrian while the vehicle is traveling at speeds between 30 and 52 kilometers per hour. The rear part of the hood rises by approximately 80 millimeters, acting as a protective cushion for the pedestrian's head. This innovative design aims to reduce the severity of head injuries in such accidents.

Notably, this feature was previously available on the Model S and Model X but was limited to specific markets. With the latest update, Tesla is extending the Active Hood to all new Model 3s in Europe, demonstrating the company's commitment to prioritizing safety across its lineup.

When the Active Hood is deployed, the vehicle's touchscreen displays an alert, and a chime sounds to notify the driver. In the event of activation, the car must be taken to the nearest Tesla Service Center or a Tesla-approved body shop to reset the hood into its original position. This thorough approach ensures that the safety features are fully restored, maintaining the vehicle's commitment to safety.

Invisible Safety Features: Metal Hooks and Driver Drowsiness Warning

Invisible Safety Features: Metal Hooks and Driver Drowsiness Warning

Beyond the Active Hood, Tesla has incorporated additional passive safety features into the Model 3, making it a comprehensive safety package. The refreshed Model 3 now includes metal hooks on the lower part of the doors, strategically designed to help keep them aligned in the event of a crash. These subtle yet effective measures contribute to the overall safety of the vehicle.

Moreover, Tesla has introduced a "Driver Drowsiness Warning" system, utilizing a cabin-facing camera located above the rear-view mirror. The system monitors the driver's behavior, counting instances of yawning or blinking. If signs of drowsiness are detected, the system issues a warning on the central touchscreen along with an audible alert, encouraging the driver to remain alert and focused.

With the refreshed Model 3, Tesla continues to lead the automotive industry in safety innovation. The introduction of the Active Hood and other passive safety features underscores the company's dedication to enhancing the well-being of both occupants and pedestrians. As electric vehicles become more prevalent on our roads, Tesla's commitment to safety sets a standard for the industry, ensuring that cutting-edge technology not only advances performance but also prioritizes the safety of all road users. The refreshed Model 3 stands as a testament to Tesla's unwavering pursuit of excellence in automotive safety.


Wael Nakhle

BY Wael Nakhle

Wael is an automotive content writer specializes in creating written content for Motor 283. Producing a wide range of content, including blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews, and technical guides related to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, with an unprecedented passion for cars, and motorcycles.

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