Will Tesla Model X Falcon Doors Pinch Objects? – Video


Model X Falcon Door Test

Model X Falcon Door Test

The trademark Falcon Wing doors on the Tesla Model X have garnered more attention than any other single component on the electric SUV.

The door, which operates automatically, have been both applauded and criticized for various reasons.

One concern is whether or not the sensor in the doors will prevent finger crushing. To test this out, YouTuber Like Tesla tested the doors as they closed on multiple different object.

Video description:

“People have asked how the doors react to obstructions like fingers and hands. Here’s a quick demo about the sensor suite on the doors and their response to several differing textured obstacles.”

Yes, we know that the objects used do vary from fingers and hands, but we assume the doors would operate in a similar manner provided that the tested object is close to the size of fingers and hands and near the same in terms of hardness.

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23 Comments on "Will Tesla Model X Falcon Doors Pinch Objects? – Video"

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Ouch. Don’t let kids get near those doors. I would call that more than a ‘pinch’.

I wonder how kids would ever live through normal doors on other cars, which close much faster and never stop.

Guess it’s impossible.

I remember having my finger shut in a heavy 1970’s car door when I was little. I made sure it never happened again.

We had a ’68 Ford Falcon, mom closed the door too soon and I almost lost four fingers.

I guess in this day and age, we would have sued them, but I got the blame for not moving fast enough.

Pretty the kids learn like the rest of the world. Move your digits or lose them. It happened plenty of times on mechanical doors. You don’t do it now do you!

Object density is used by the ultrasonic sensors, so balloons won’t be seen the same as a human appendage– which it knows to avoid.

Also, there is already a firmware update to address avoiding pinching objects.

Evolution is a wonderful thing.

That video wasn’t done with the latest firmware update specifically addressing detecting obstacles while closing.

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Is that a banana in my falcon wing door or are you just happy to see me?

Since he concludes it may hurt a little, but it won’t injure you, why doesn’t he test it with his actual hand? Then we would know if it was just the light squeeze he is so happy to claim that it is, yet unwilling to test!

Using that logic, airbags will save your life in an accident. Why don’t you volunteer to test those?

It is a safety feature just like any other safety feature. You don’t use humans to test safety features.

“…why doesn’t he test it with his actual hand?”

Why don’t you? Be sure to take pictures.

Narcissists are so entertaining.

If you are alone how could you open the door after it traps your hand?

Uh maybe with the remote, you know, the same one you used to open the door in the first place!

you can open the door from the inside reach back in and get you hand trapeed with the remote still inside the car and unreachable.

Well I suppose some people might even get their necks caught in the door if you take stupidity to its logical conclusion–put it down to the Darwin awards!

I suppose, at least in theory, it’s possible to get your hand trapped in a minivan power sliding door, too. Yet we never hear of that happening. Why is that? Probably because the doors are designed to stop and open back up if they detect something that stops the door from closing.

And yeah, if you get your arm stuck in there, it does hurt a bit until it opens back up.

I continue to be astounded at suggestions that somehow Tesla — or any other car maker — can design cars that are not subject to real-world constraints. For instance, there are some who seem to think the falcon wing doors should open and close almost instantly — yet remain safe to use.

Amazingly enough, Tesla does have to design cars for the real world. And in the real world, it’s not possible to design a car in such a way that nobody could ever possibly hurt themselves by using doors carelessly.

If you are so stupid as to place your hands where the doors close, you got more money than brains. What a stupid article!

NikT — Your answer is in the video. If you are outside, you touch the handle, or touch the bottom of the door, or trigger the any of the perimeter door sensors. From the inside, there is the pillar button, and proximity sensors in the door and roof to trigger.

I imagine you could even push or pull on the door if you couldn’t figure any of those out.

Hmmm. Maybe compare it to any other car door. I will note that I had a car which windows wouldn’t pinch a baby’s fingers when closing: if there was any ice on the outside of them, they would refuse to close again. Think drive thru on a snowy day.

I realize they were just using things laying around the house, because they were handy. But if they really wanted to test it Mythbusters style , they could have used ballistics gel in the glove instead of air.


I accidentally slammed my little sister’s fingers in the door of a ’65 Ford station wagon. The door jamb gasket flexed enough to prevent damage. Although it scared her enough for lots of crying.