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Tesla released its Vehicle Safety Report for Q3 2020, which shows that its vehicles using Autopilot are almost 10 times safer than other vehicles on the United States roads.
In the US, car accidents occur every 479,000 miles, according to NHTSA data. Meanwhile, Tesla reported that, in Q3 2020, the company recorded one accident for every 4.59 million miles driven in which drivers had Autopilot engaged.
These data demonstrate Tesla Autopilot’s colossal safety performance—almost 10 times safer than a human driver. The data also show that Autopilot has become more advanced over time, as its safety performance has been improved compared to Q2. In the 2nd quarter of 2020, Tesla registered 1 accident for every 4.53 million miles driven in which the drivers used Autopilot.
For those driving without Autopilot but with Tesla active safety features, there was one accident registered for every 2.42 million miles driven. This is also an improvement compared to Q2 when there was 1 accident for every 2.27 million miles.
"In the 3rd quarter, we registered one accident for every 4.59 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 2.42 million miles driven. For those driving without Autopilot and without our active safety features, we registered one accident for every 1.79 million miles driven. By comparison, NHTSA's most recent data shows that in the United States there is an automobile crash every 479,000 miles."
Active safety features are standard on all Tesla vehicles built after September 2014, providing an additional layer of safety beyond the physical structure of the vehicle. The company uses data from all of its vehicles on the road to better understand how accidents happen. After analyzing the data, Tesla continues to develop features that help Tesla drivers mitigate or avoid accidents.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.