Model S IIHS Crash Test Videos

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The "roof top rigidity" failure was disappointingly short on details. They made it sound like it didn't actually fail any tests - they just decided that it wouldn't be as good because the car weighs more. I'd like a better idea of how they came to this conclusion.
 

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Could it be that the insurance companies are feeling protectionist toward their cash cow ICE car makers? Or is this just a maintaining the status quo thing?
 

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I'm wondering if those crash tests were conducted at 50 MPH or 60 MPH instead of 40 MPH.
Are the details of the crash tests made public? Exploring their website, I could not find anything on their test standards. Anyone else have a defining document?
 

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@Badback -- I know that for the official NHTSA and EuroNCAP tests are conducted at 40 MPH. There is not really any such thing as a 'high speed' crash test. Why? Because the grand majority of vehicular fatalities take place at less than 40 MPH and within 2 miles of someone's home. Highways are much, much safer. I think that's part of why Autopilot's primary focus is for onramp to offramp driving on divided highways. Things are safer to begin with and it is a better learning environment.

Unfortunately most human beings aren't taught that way, and that contributes to urban traffic on freeways, because people treat the freeway just like surface streets. That is, the thought, "Let me stop and think..." becomes immediate action. Thereby calling to order a daily meeting of the Brakelight Appreciation Society (BLAP).

Essentially, if you can't survive at 40 MPH, you are dead has [HECK] at 60 MPH or above. But the IIHS is not an official organization at all. They work for insurance adjusters. They don't care so much about personal injury or survivability as they do the cost of repairs. In my opinion, the 'Small Overlap' tests are strictly to check the damage to the vehicle and assess how much it may cost to fix.

Have a look at what a 'high speed' 43 MPH test looks like:

And here is a simulation of what a 120 MPH crash looks like: