One man — not named Elon — says Tesla will produce the world’s safest car

The Tesla Model 3 hasn’t even hit the showrooms — and has rarely been spotted on an open road — but one prominent analyst believes it might become the safest car in the world.

Morgan Stanley researcher Adam Jonas wrote Thursday that Tesla’s forthcoming small sedan could deliver a safety package as much as 10 times better than the average car.

“We think the Model 3 will feature hardware and software that provide a level of active safety that could significantly lead all other cars on sale today and could, if the company achieves its goal, be an order of magnitude (i.e. 10x) safer than the average car on the road,” said Jonas, according to CNBC. Not surprisingly, Jonas is bullish on Tesla.

Tesla also began installing added sensors and other hardware to all vehicles in October, allowing for full self-driving capability in the future. The Model 3, a $35,000 sedan due out this year, also will come with the robust package.

Musk regularly promotes the brand as the safest fleet on the road — attributing it to front and rear crumple zones and a hardware and software suite that gives drivers enhanced road awareness. The steady stream of driver data collected by Tesla also allows the system to recognize hazards and improve performance.

Tesla has been regularly delivering Autopilot updates to Model S and Model X vehicles through wireless networks. Musk called the process “a bear to get done” but expected software changes to go out Tuesday or Wednesday.

Despite the safety touts, Tesla has been criticized for overselling Autopilot, its driver-assist package. The California Department of Motor Vehicles announced this month it would begin reviewing how driver-assist systems — notably, Autopilot — are sold and presented to customers.

Autopilot was engaged in a fatal crash in Florida, killing a Tesla owner driving his Model S on a divided highway. Federal regulators found the system operated correctly and was not at fault.

Photo: The Model 3, Tesla’s $35,000 electric sedan, was unveiled Thursday, March 31, 2016. (Tesla Motors via AP)

 

 

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