Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.The Model 3 accounted for roughly 80 percent of those deliveries, and now Tesla has yet more tidings to celebrate: On Wednesday, Thatcham Research announced that the electric sedan is one of the safest cars in Europe, especially when it comes to avoiding crashes.In a new round of testing, Thatcham, a British nonprofit that assesses vehicle safety, awarded the Model 3 its highest rating of five stars. In crash testing, which Thatcham administers according to standards set by the European New Car Assessment Programme, the Model 3 posted a 96 percent score for how it protects adults. It got an 86 for keeping kids safe, and 74 for how it treats “vulnerable road users” like pedestrians. (That last test involves firing what looks like a half-bowling ball, intended to simulate a pedestrian’s head, into the windshield at 25 mph, then examining how the vehicle absorbs the energy of the impact.)
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