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Tesla released its Vehicle Safety Report for Q4 2021, which shows that its vehicles using Autopilot are nine times safer than other vehicles on the United States roads, driven by human-pilots.
According to NHTSA data, car accidents occur every 484,000 miles in the U.S. Meanwhile, Tesla reported that in Q4 2021 it recorded one crash for every 4.31 million miles driven in which drivers had Autopilot engaged. The new data demonstrate Tesla Autopilot's continued strong safety record. Thus, Autopilot is nine times safer than a human driver.
The data also show that Autopilot has improved over time, as its safety performance has improved since Q4 2020 when one accident was registered for every 3.45 million miles driven in which drivers had Autopilot engaged. Comparison of indicators for the same period of different years is the best means for a correct assessment since it excludes the influence of seasonality.
For those driving without Autopilot and without Tesla's active safety features, the company registered one accident for every 1.59 million miles driven, which is better than in the same period in 2020, where there was one registered accident every 1.27 miles driven.
"In the 4th quarter, we recorded one crash for every 4.31 million miles driven in which drivers were using Autopilot technology (Autosteer and active safety features). For drivers who were not using Autopilot technology (no Autosteer and active safety features), we recorded one crash for every 1.59 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."
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.