Tesla claims its cars with Autopilot had fewer accidents than when driven by humans

At the end of November 2018, Tesla It reached the 1 billion mile (1.610 million kilometer) milestone with Autopilot turned on, which became a way of telling us that its semi-automated driving system is continuing and safer every day.

To this was added the “Autopilot Security Report”, a quarterly report that began in October 2018 as a result of the fatal accidents that had occurred in Tesla cars, and that, according to Elon Musk, were receiving “unfair coverage” by the press.

Well, Tesla has just presented new results of this safety report, where it is emphasized again that Autopilot is safer than when a human being drives, this according to the same company.

One accident every 4.62 million kilometers with Autopilot

These new results correspond to the first quarter of 2019, where Tesla claims its Autopilot-enabled cars had an accident every 4.62 million kilometers, while those accidents where a human was at the wheel occurred 2.83 million kilometers.

With this, Tesla’s strategy is clear: demonstrate that its Autopilot is safer, however, the report only presents data on how often an accident appears in terms of distance traveled, but not the number of events, that is, it is not known how many accidents Tesla cars had with or without Autopilot.

In addition to this, Tesla adds data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which are statistics related to accidents only in the United States. For example, here the NHTSA mentions that there is a car accident, regardless of the type of vehicle or its technology, every 701,674 kilometers. It is also worth mentioning that the NHTSA does not present quarterly statistics, so Tesla’s comparison may not correspond to the same time period.

The idea of ​​displaying accident data by Tesla is a good one, however, more data is needed to complement the information and let us know more about the performance of your autonomous driving platform. On the other hand, it should also be noted that Tesla is currently the only one with a report of this type, since even though Waymo publishes statistics from time to time, it does not do so on a quarterly basis.

Finally, we leave you with the data that Tesla has presented in its three safety reports that we have carried out so far as a comparison.

Accidents with Autopilot

Accidents without Autopilot

Third quarter of 2018

Every 5.38 million kilometers

Every 3.09 million kilometers

Fourth quarter of 2018

Every 4.68 million kilometers

Every 2.54 million kilometers

First quarter of 2019

Every 4.62 million kilometers

Every 2.83 million kilometers