Tesla Model 3 Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model 3: Obstacle-Aware Acceleration

Obstacle-Aware Acceleration is designed to reduce the impact of a collision by reducing motor torque if Model 3 detects an object in its driving path. For example, Model 3, while parked in front of a closed garage door with the Drive gear engaged, detects that you have pressed hard on the accelerator pedal.

Although Model 3 still accelerates and hits the garage door, the reduced torque may result in less damage.

Obstacle-Aware Acceleration is designed to operate only when all of these conditions are simultaneously met:

  • A driving gear is engaged (Drive or Reverse).
  • Model 3 is stopped or traveling less than 10 mph (16 km/h).
  • Model 3 detects an object in its immediate driving path.

To disable Obstacle-Aware Acceleration, touch Controls > Autopilot > Obstacle-Aware Acceleration.

Warning: Obstacle-Aware Acceleration is designed to reduce the severity of an impact. It is not designed to avoid a collision.

Warning: Obstacle-Aware Acceleration may not limit torque in all situations.

Several factors, including environmental conditions, distance from an obstacle, and a driver's actions, can limit, delay, or inhibit Obstacle-Aware Acceleration.

Warning: Obstacle-Aware Acceleration may not limit torque when performing a sharp turn, such as into a parking space.

Warning: Do not rely on Obstacle-Aware Acceleration to control acceleration or to avoid, or limit, the severity of a collision, and do not attempt to test Obstacle- Aware Acceleration. Doing so can result in serious property damage, injury, or death.

Warning: Several factors can affect the performance of Obstacle-Aware Acceleration, causing an inappropriate or untimely reduction in motor torque. It is the driver's responsibility to drive safely and remain in control of Model 3 at all times.

Limitations and Inaccuracies

Collision Avoidance features cannot always detect all objects, vehicles, bikes, or pedestrians, and you may experience unnecessary, inaccurate, invalid, or missed warnings for many reasons, particularly if:

  • The road has sharp curves.
  • Visibility is poor (due to heavy rain, snow, fog, etc.).
  • Bright light (such as from oncoming headlights or direct sunlight) is interfering with the view of the camera(s).
  • The radar sensor is obstructed (dirty, covered, etc.).
  •  The windshield is obstructing the view of the camera(s) (fogged over, dirty, covered by a sticker, etc.).

Warning: The limitations previously described do not represent an exhaustive list of situations that may interfere with proper operation of Collision Avoidance Assist features. These features may fail to provide their intended function for many other reasons. It is the driver's responsibility to avoid collisions by staying alert, paying attention, and taking corrective action as early as possible.

Caution: If a fault occurs with a Collision Avoidance Assist feature, Model 3 displays an alert. Contact Tesla Service.

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