A few days ago a Tesla Model 3 owner has posted pictures of his crash on Reddit claiming that the safety of the Model 3 has either saved his life or saved him from much more severe injuries than he has sustained. He walked away from the crash. I did not think it was that big of a story because neither him, nor the paramedics at the scenes who told him that were really automotive crash specialists. As a matter of fact, it takes pretty complex research centers and institutes to study car crashes in labs and real life conditions. It was also a very odd crash where the driver has ran into a parked car at 60 miles per hour. That’s not something that you see very often.
However, this story turned into something much bigger than an unfortunate crash because Elon Musk has responded to it on Twitter. You see, the driver of the crash claimed that since the monitor has shattered during the crash there was no way to get into the glove box to retrieve his documents. On top of that, he reported that the pieces from the screen cut his passenger on the hand. I’m surprised that neither of these issues were thought through ahead. It is also unclear if the same issue exists in the Model S and the Model X cars.
Elon has vouched to update Model 3 software so that it opens the glove box automatically if a car senses a crash and comes to a complete stop. On top of that, he has vouched to update the hardware of the screen to add a protective layer to avoid pieces flying off the monitor. It is not clear if this is something that’s going to be available as a retrofit to the existing Model 3 sedans or only on the newly produced cars. No Model S or Model X screen upgrades were talked about at this point.