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Tesla’s Q4 Vehicle Safety Report shows vehicles operating on the company’s Autopilot system are involved in fewer accidents than average in the U.S.
Tesla registered one accident for every 2.91 million miles driven in which drivers had Autopilot engaged and one accident for every 1.58 million miles driven without Autopilot, according to the report. The report points out the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s most recent data shows that in the U.S. there is an automobile crash every 436,000 miles.
Tesla reported an increase in accidents over the previous quarter, but did not provide any additional context. For the Q3 2018 results were: one accident for every 3.34 million miles driven with Autopilot and one accident for ever 1.92 million miles driven without. NHTSA’s average at the time was an automobile crash every 492,000 miles.
Tesla committed last year to providing accident statistics for vehicles on Autopilot in an effort to be transparent and build public confidence in autonomous vehicles.
The Vehicle Safety Report is available here.