The Tesla Cybertruck could be (very) dangerous for pedestrians
Stylistically speaking, the Tesla Cybertruck is a UFO in the peaceful world of pickup trucks. And if its spaceship-style aesthetics is not enough, you should know that the Cybertruck's performance is also unprecedented in the segment, with an acceleration capable of humiliating a Porsche 911! Success seems to be on track with more than 200,000 pre-orders.
And while the Cybertruck is a threat to historical manufacturers, it also poses a danger to the most vulnerable road users, especially pedestrians. According to James Goodwin, Director General of the ANCAP, the Australian equivalent of the Euro NCAP or the IIHS, the angular and sharp shape of the Cybertruck could be dramatic in the event of a collision with a pedestrian.
The same is true for the other Teslas, which have achieved excellent results in terms of passenger protection, but a poor verdict on pedestrian and cyclist protection. It is possible that the American brand has focused mainly on protecting its occupants, but does not feel concerned at all when it comes to other road users.
And the sentence could get even worse with the Cybertruck. Elon Musk praised the steel body of the pickup truck, which is very solid and particularly resistant to impacts. Goodwin believes that this hardness would not sufficiently absorb the energy of an impact for the vehicle's occupants. We'll see this with the first crash tests!
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