Tesla Model 3/Y Loses Some NHTSA Safety Feature Ratings, After Radar Dropped

Tesla announced plans on Tuesday to begin rolling out its “Pure Vision” camera-based Autopilot system, and with it, the company may lose some designations with a U.S. auto regulator.

On Wednesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) updated its website to show that Tesla’s future Model 3 and Y units will lose distinction as containing certain advanced safety systems, as reported by Reuters.

The news comes after Tesla has made plans to drop radar in its electric vehicles (EV) and to replace it with “Pure-Vision,” camera-based technology sensors.

The U.S. regulator changed Model 3 and Model Y units produced after April 27 on its website, removing the checkmark for certain technologies, signifying they no longer had “forward collision warning, lane departure warning, crash imminent braking and dynamic brake support.”

The NHTSA continued, saying that it “only includes checkmarks for the model production range for the vehicles tested.”

While Tesla’s perfect NHTSA crash scores will remain in place, the removal of certain Autopilot systems also comes after the California-based automaker has come under scrutiny from federal and local regulators, most recently being reviewed by the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) over claims of Full Self-Driving (FSD).

Tesla also alluded to potentially changing the FSD price to $14,000 (USD) on its website source code earlier this week.