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Tesla has published its Q4 2020 Safety Report, showing that vehicles utilizing its Autopilot system are involved in accidents 7 times less frequently than the NHTSA average.
Tesla reports that with Autopilot-enabled vehicles, one accident occurred every 3.45 million miles, in the 4th quarter. Once every 2.05 million miles, drivers with no Autopilot but with activated active safety features encountered an accident. Finally, every 1.27 million miles, a vehicle without Autopilot or activated active safety features had an accident.
Interestingly, the Q3 2020 Safety Report from Tesla reported numbers that were more favorable for the functionality of Autopilot. Every 4.59 million miles, this quarter saw an accident, which was Tesla’s second-safest quarter ever reported, just trailing Q1 2020, where 4.68 million miles were driven without an accident.
Compared to NHTSA statistics, Tesla is still recording remarkably safe figures, which indicate that Autopilot continues to be a much safer way of driving a car. Thanks to the various safety advantages of Tesla’s vehicles, including the continuous improvement of the accuracy of the Autopilot and FSD suite thanks to the Neural Network, the company demonstrates that driving its vehicles is one of the safest ways of transporting passengers.
Accidents do occur, however, regardless of what car is driven or what active safety features are enabled. In the event of an accident, Tesla maintains a five-star safety rating for all four of its vehicles currently manufactured. Most recently, the newest addition to the five-star club that Tesla seems to have started for its cars was the Model Y crossover. It not only passed the front, side, and rollover collision tests with relative ease and five-star scores, but also reported the lowest rollover risk of any NHTSA-tested SUV ever, with only a 7.9 percent chance that the vehicle would leave its natural orientation, Tesla said.
In terms of automotive protection, its three other all-electric vehicles have also had distinctly effective ratings. The Model S, Model X, and Model 3 have all achieved the lowest total accident risk of any vehicle ever tested by the New Car Evaluation program of the U.S. government. A five-star safety classification is also held for each of these vehicles.
In terms of a vehicle fire involving the company’s vehicles, Tesla has announced a major improvement. Every 175 million miles, there was a Tesla vehicle fire in 2019, but this figure increased to 205 million miles in 2020. The National Fire Safety Group and the U.S., according to Department of Transportation, a vehicle fire happens once every 19 million miles.
Tesla’s full statement on accident data for Q4 2020 is available below.
“In the 4th quarter, we registered one accident for every 3.45 million miles driven in which drivers had Autopilot engaged. For those driving without Autopilot but with our active safety features, we registered one accident for every 2.05 million miles driven. For those driving without Autopilot and without our active safety features, we registered one accident for every 1.27 million miles driven. By comparison, NHTSA’s most recent data shows that in the United States there is an automobile crash every 484,000 miles.*
*Note: Since we released our last quarterly safety report, NHTSA has released new data, which we’ve referenced in this quarter’s report.”
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