Friday, 15 January 2021 20:52

Tesla Q4 Safety Report: Autopilot Still the Safest Way to Drive

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati


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Tesla has released its Q4 2020 Safety Report, showing that vehicles utilizing its Autopilot system are involved in accidents seven times less frequently than the NHTSA average.

Tesla reports in the fourth quarter, one accident occurred with Autopilot-enabled vehicles every 3.45 million miles. Drivers with no Autopilot but with enabled active safety features saw an accident once every 2.05 million miles. A vehicle without Autopilot or active safety features enabled had an accident once every 1.27 million miles.


Interestingly, Tesla’s Q3 2020 Safety Report recorded numbers more favorable for Autopilot’s functionality. This quarter saw an accident every 4.59 million miles, which was the second-safest quarter Tesla ever recorded, only trailing Q1 2020, where 4.68 million miles were driven without an accident.


Tesla is still registering incredibly safe figures compared to NHTSA figures, which show Autopilot continues to be a much safer way to operate a vehicle.


Thanks to the numerous safety benefits of Tesla’s cars, including the constantly improving accuracy of the Autopilot and FSD suite thanks to the Neural Network, the company is showing that driving its cars is among the safest modes of passenger transport.


However, accidents do occur, regardless of what car is being driven or what active safety features are activated during travel. In the instance of an accident, Tesla holds five-star safety ratings on all four of its currently-produced vehicles.


Most recently, the Model Y crossover was the newest addition to the five-star club that Tesla seems to have started for its cars. Not only did it pass the front, side and rollover collision tests with five-star ratings, it also recorded the lowest rollover risk of any SUV ever tested by the NHTSA, with only a 7.9% chance of the vehicle leaving its natural orientation, Tesla said.


Its three other all-electric vehicles have also held distinctly successful marks in terms of vehicle safety. The Model S, Model X and Model 3 have all achieved...

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