Tesla’s new Model 3 has rarely been out of the news over the last few months. With over 400,000 pre-orders for a car that has barely even been seen, the Model 3 has the potential to mark a step change in the automotive industry.

A few days ago, CEO Elon Musk finally unveiled Tesla’s latest model in a handover event held at their factory in Fremont, California.

We report on some of the features included in the new model, particularly in terms of safety and autonomy, from the event and other sources.

Considering that the Model 3 will in the future become fully autonomous, many factors have gone into the design of the interior, such as eliminating the dashboard and the instrument panel.

All the Tesla models currently being produced are fitted with the hardware necessary for full autonomy. The hardware suite includes eight cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors, forward facing radar that allows all-round scanning of the environment and the computing capability is reportedly close to 10 Tera-OPS.

The Model 3 is available in two variants, the ‘Standard’ and the ‘Long Range’. From unconfirmed sources, we believe that both variants will be offered with Enhanced Autopilot as an option for $5000 and in the future, an additional $3000 will give the car, ‘Full Self-Driving Capability’.

According to our previous post, Model 3 will be equipped with an in-vehicle supercomputer, powered by the NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 AI computing platform, that can provide full self-driving capability.

However, in terms of safety, automatic emergency braking and collision avoidance are offered as standard equipment to keep up with IIHS safety ratings and EuroNCAP standards.

Following the official press release, we will publish the actual features and equipment that are available on the Model 3.

Suhas Gurumurthy, SBD