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The Tesla Cybertruck could be (very) dangerous for pedestrians

The very angular design would have something to do with it...

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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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Comments (27)

  • How is this different than every other a truck with a cattle guard?

      8 months ago
    • It isn't any different. What this article and others are forgetting is that the Tesla Cybertruck is being made by the manufacturer that has thus far created some of the safest cars on the road today, and holds some of the highest safety...

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        8 months ago
  • This thing is a joke.

      8 months ago
  • The angles aren't nearly as dramatic if you ignore the optical illusion created by the yellow line of the car. If you focus only on the angles represented in red, they're not nearly as bad as you think.

      8 months ago
  • You could be right... let’s hope Tesla make it a bit softer around the edges.

      8 months ago
    • It's a big iron block at this point, I think the interior safety will be negated by the exterior toughness, the harder a car the more G's a occupant will experience

        8 months ago
    • True, true.

        8 months ago
  • Aside from is size, why is this thing even called a "Truck"? I don't see or even any mention of a lift gate or a bed in the back for hauling stuff, which is last I looked the primary purpose of a truck. If anything, this is an oversized ugly car. It's as ugly as the car that was its inspiration.

      8 months ago
    • It fits an electric quad bike in the rear tray. Elon initially said it would fit his competitor’s trucks in the back, but settled for an EV quad, available as special order. It’s a pickup, not a car. I think it’s beautiful.

        8 months ago
    • EV quad!? Right! If you like the truck thing is beautiful, then you will also love their next car.

        8 months ago
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