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Tesla Safety Shows Autopilot's Astounding Safety

Tesla has released a safety report and it shows that using Autopilot is orders of magnitude safer than not using it.

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Tesla Releases Astounding Safety Report on Autopilot

Tesla has released their Q4, 2022 safety report and the results show that Tesla Autopilot is an extremely safe and effective driver assist system. Tesla had this to say:

In the 4th quarter, we recorded one crash for every 4.85 million miles driven in which drivers were using Autopilot technology. For drivers who were not using Autopilot technology, we recorded one crash for every 1.40 million miles driven. By comparison, the most recent data available from NHTSA and FHWA (from 2021) shows that in the US there was an automobile crash approximately every 652,000 miles.

The 3 key safety measures are this:

* Overall vehicle crashes are once every 652,000 miles
* Tesla crashes are once every 1,400,000 miles
* Tesla's using Autopilot have a crash once every 4,850,000 miles

Did you know: Tesla safety systems helped a Tesla avoid a collision with a Jaywalker

To put this in perspective, Tesla Autopilot is 7.5x safer than driving a vehicle that isn't a Tesla and isn't using Autopilot. Driving a Tesla with Autopilot is 4.5x safer than driving a Tesla without Autopilot.

Tesla released data showing safety over time since Q4, 2019, and it shows an increase in the safety of Autopilot over time. The path of safety isn't linear, as there are ups and downs, but the trend is moving toward more safety.

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When you look at the data for the safety over time, one thing will stand out - Q4 seems to be a dangerous period of time for driving. Why is that? For starters, December 31, a time of year many people get drunk and drive, is there. It is also during Thanksgiving and when people are doing Christmas shopping. My best guess is that there are simply more people driving at the same time during this time of year, along with dangerous periods of time like New Year's Eve.

Weather will also play a factor in Q4 as any area that can get cold, have ice, and have snow is going to experience more difficult driving conditions. Here in Utah, the weather starts to get cold and snowy in November, with the most difficult months being December and January.

Stats with FSD enabled are still being waited for, but I expect Tesla will start releasing that eventually, once they get enough data, or they go to wide release and are out of beta.

Tesla has a variety of safety features that notify a driver of potential problems. One Model Y owner was saved from a crash. He wanted to change lanes after getting on an on-ramp, but didn't look carefully enough to see that there was a car in his blind spot going his same speed. The car beeped at him and steered back into the original lane by itself.

What do you think of the progress of Tesla's safety features? Should Tesla release data on FSD Beta?

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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.

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