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Tesla Cybertruck corner design causes safety concerns, and pedestrians and cyclists have a high risk of injury.

2024-03-04 Update From: SLTechnology News&Howtos shulou NAV: SLTechnology News&Howtos > IT Information >

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CTOnews.com, December 11 (Xinhua) Tesla Cybertruck's angular design has raised concerns among safety experts that the hard stainless steel shell of the electric pickup may hurt pedestrians and cyclists and damage other vehicles on the road.

Reuters interviewed six security experts and officials who watched the Cybertruck crash test video at Tesla's webcast. They said that collision test data were needed to draw firm conclusions on the safety of Cybertruck.

Adrian Lund (Adrian Lund), former president of the American Highway Safety Insurance Association (IIHS), said: "the use of heavy stainless steel plates to make the car shell very hard, this is a big problem, if people hit their heads on it, it will cause more damage." IIHS's vehicle crash test is an industry standard.

CTOnews.com noted that Tesla demonstrated the ability of truck structures to absorb impact in crash tests, and Elon Musk, the company's chief executive, said on social media on Tuesday that he was "highly confident" that the Cybertruck would be safer than other trucks, both for passengers and pedestrians.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters on concerns raised by security experts.

Cybertruck is designed with plane and long straight lines, which makes it look different. At a press conference at a factory in Austin, Texas, Tesla said that cold-rolled stainless steel body panels are designed to absorb impact in the event of a collision. Tesla said that the front and rear structure uses energy-absorbing tendons, which helps to disperse energy, and in a side collision, the outer skin of the door bears most of the impact load.

Samer Hamdar, a professor of car safety at George Washington University, expressed concern about Cybertruck's limited "collapsible zone", but added that other features might make up for it. The collapsible zone is a part of the car that deforms during the collision and absorbs collision energy in a safer way. "there may be some kind of damping mechanism that can make up for the limited collapsible zone," Hamdar said.

Many people's concerns focus on people outside the Cybertruck. Musk once said: "if you collide with another car, you will win."

David Friedman, a former acting director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), described the consequences of collision losers: "if you collide with another car with a collapsible zone and your car is stronger, their car will be crushed and your car will win."

Julia Griswold, director of the Center for safe Traffic Research and Education at the University of California, Berkeley, said she was "shocked" by Tesla's crash test video. The heavy weight and fast acceleration of the truck is "a red flag for non-occupants," she said.

Tesla did not say whether the Cybertruck would be sold in Europe, but its chief engineer told automotive media TopGear this month that EU safety rules designed to protect pedestrians would make it difficult for them to sell in Europe.

"We hope that Tesla will not bring this car to Europe, as a vehicle of such size, power and weight can cause fatal injuries to pedestrians and cyclists in a collision," the European Traffic Safety Committee (European Transport Safety Council), a Brussels-based nonprofit, said in a statement.

Us regulators rely on automakers to test and prove that they meet safety standards. Mr Musk said in an interview with Sandy Munro, an automotive consultant, that Cybertruck had passed regulatory scrutiny and the first dozen trucks were delivered to buyers last week.

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