The Tesla company, in addition to its main mission, accelerating the transition of the world to renewable energy sources, is also strongly focused on ensuring that its vehicles are safe.
Tesla believes technology can help increase security. This is why Tesla cars are designed to be the safest cars in the world. The unique combination of passive safety, active safety and automated driver assistance is crucial to ensure the safety of not only Tesla drivers and passengers, but all drivers on the road.
A Tesla report for the Q4 2019 shows that Tesla cars with Autopilot are 6 times fewer accidents than other cars in the United States average (reported by NHTSA).
"In the 4th quarter, we registered one accident for every 3.07 million miles driven. For those driving without Autopilot but with our active safety features, we registered one accident for every 2.10 million miles driven. Autopilot and without our active safety features, we registered one accident for every 1.64 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."
The company registered one accident for every 3.07 million miles driven when Autopilot was engaged compared to 4.34 million miles just one quarter earlier. InsideEV's conducted data research and charted.
The average (with Autopilot) improved by 5.5% year-over-year, by 32.9% without Autopilot but with safety features and by 31.2% without Autopilot and without safety features.
Tesla also makes an assessment of the fires that occurred in their cars. In order to provide an apt comparison to NFPA data, Tesla’s data set includes instances of vehicle fires caused by structure fires, arson, and other things unrelated to the vehicle, which account for some of the Tesla vehicle fires over this time period.
"From 2012 - 2019, there has been approximately one Tesla vehicle fire for every 175 million miles traveled. By comparison, data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and U.S. Department of Transportation shows that in the United States there is a vehicle fire for every 19 million miles traveled."
Model S, Model X, and Model 3 achieved the lowest probability of injury from all vehicles ever tested under the US Government's New Car Assessment Program.
Tesla are deeply committed to safety, which is why they engineered they cars to be the safest car ever built. In the U.S., Model 3 and Model X has already earned an overall 5-star rating from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), including earning 5-stars in every category and sub-category, and scoring the lowest probability of injury of any car ever evaluated by the U.S. New Car Assessment Program.
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Model 3 has been awarded a 5-star rating from the Euro NCAP. The Programme’s four categories – each of which Model 3 earned 5-stars in – evaluate a car’s ability to protect adults, children, vulnerable road users like cyclists and pedestrians, as well as its safety assistance features. In this latter “Safety Assist” category, which evaluates a car’s active safety features including its ability to avoid accidents, mitigate injuries and prevent drivers from unintentionally drifting out of their lane, Model 3 earned the highest score that Euro NCAP has awarded to date under their 2018/2019 testing protocols.
Model X earned the highest overall rating to date in the 2018/2019 protocol for the Large Off-Road class. It earned the exact same overall score as Model 3 – showing that Tesla's large SUV is just as safe as its smallest and most affordable sedan. Model X achieved the exact same Safety Assist score that Model 3 got, which is the highest ever recorded Safety Assist score under Euro NCAP’s current and most stringent protocol to date.
Model X achieved a near-perfect score in the Adult Occupant Protection category, scoring a full 8 out of 8 points on the Frontal Offset Deformable Barrier test, and 16 out of 16 possible points on the Side Impact tests.
No car can prevent all accidents, Tesla work every day to try to make them much less likely to occur. Active safety features come standard on all Tesla vehicles made after September 2014 for an added layer of safety beyond the physical structure of each car. Because every Tesla is connected, company able to use the billions of miles of real-world data from their global fleet - of which more than 1 billion have been driven with Autopilot engaged - to understand the different ways accidents happen. They develop features that can help Tesla drivers mitigate or avoid accidents. Through over-the-air software updates, company able to introduce safety features and enhancements long after a car has been delivered, as well as release updated versions of existing safety features that take into account the most up-to-date real- world data collected by their fleet.
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