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As Tesla says it’s getting closer to releasing its Full Self Driving product, it continues to report the safety benefits of Autopilot.
In the company’s Q3 update, Tesla provided safety numbers related to accidents occurring when Autopilot was in use.
According to Tesla’s Q3 2019 shareholder letter:
“During Q3, we registered one accident for every 4.34 million miles driven in which drivers had Autopilot engaged. This compares to the national average of one accident for every 0.5 million miles based on NHTSA’s most recent US data.”
Based on those numbers, cars operating on Autopilot were nearly nine times less likely to experience an accident than the national average.
Looking at Tesla’s previous safety reports, the miles per accident has ranged from 2.87 million miles in Q1 2019 to 3.34 million miles in Q3 2018. This year’s third quarter saw a 23% decrease in accidents per miles driven with Autopilot.