Tesla published its safety report for the second quarter of 2020, showing a strong improvement in the year in autopilot accidents, but a small regression compared to the quarter.
Since 2018, Tesla has been trying to create a benchmark for its improvement in autopilot safety by releasing a quarterly report that compares the number of kilometers in an Autopilot accident with that of Autopilot.
Today, Tesla released its report for the last quarter:
In the second quarter, we recorded one accident for every 4.53 million miles driven by drivers on autopilot. For those who drive without Autopilot, but with our active safety features, we have registered one accident for each mileage of 2.27 million miles. For those who drive without Autopilot and without our active safety features, we have registered one accident for every 1.56 million miles traveled. By comparison, the latest NHTSA data shows that there is a car accident every 479,000 miles in the United States.
By comparison, Tesla had an Autopilot crash every 3.27 million miles in Q2 2019.
This is a significant improvement in just one year.
However, this is a slight increase in accidents in the last quarter, when Tesla had one Autopilot accident every 4.68 million miles.
It should be noted that the average mileage gradually increased in Q2 after a sharp decline at the end of Q1 due to orders to block the pandemic.
Because Autopilot is currently used primarily on highways, where it is easier to accumulate a lot of mileage without accidents, and non-autopilot mileage comes from driving in a city where accidents are more likely, the two datasets really cannot be compared.
However, it is useful to compare the mileage of an autopilot for an accident from year to year. The data is far from perfect, but this is the best we have at the moment.
Tesla will need much more data if they ever want to persuade the government to allow them to deploy their full system of self-government.
With the improvements, it’s important to keep in mind that Tesla’s Autopilot and FSD functions are currently just driver assistance functions, and drivers must always remain vigilant and ready to take control at all times.
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