Tesla releases Q2 2020 safety report: strong year-over-year improvement in Autopilot accidents

Tesla has released its Q2 2020 safety report showing a powerful year-over-year improvement in Autopilot accidents, but a small regression quarter-over-quarter.

Since 2018, Tesla has been attempting to create a benchmark for its improvement in Autopilot safety by releasing a quarterly report that compares the variety of miles per accident on Autopilot versus off Autopilot.

Today, Tesla released its report for the last quarter:

Within the 2nd quarter, we registered one accident for each 4.53 million miles driven by which drivers had Autopilot engaged. For those driving without Autopilot but with our energetic safety features, we registered one accident for each 2.27 million miles driven. For those driving without Autopilot and without our energetic safety features, we registered one accident for each 1.56 million miles driven. By comparison, NHTSA’s most up-to-date data shows that in the USA there’s an automobile crash every 479,000 miles.

As compared, Tesla had an accident on Autopilot every 3.27 million miles in Q2 2019.

That’s a major improvement in only a 12 months.

Nonetheless, it’s a slight increase accident over last quarter when Tesla has one accident on Autopilot for each 4.68 million miles.

Of note, average mileage has been step by step going up in Q2 after a pointy decline at the top of Q1 attributable to lockdown orders amid the pandemic.

Electrek’s Take

Since Autopilot is currently primarily used on highways where it’s easier to build up plenty of mileage without accidents and non-Autopilot mileage is coming from city driving, where accidents are more likely, the 2 datasets can not likely be compared.

However it’s still useful to check the Autopilot mileage per accident year-over-year. The information is way from perfect, nevertheless it’s the very best we’ve for now.

Tesla goes to wish plenty of more data in the event that they ever wish to persuade the authority to permit them to deploy their full self-driving system.

With the improvements, it’s vital to have in mind that Tesla’s Autopilot and FSD features are currently only driver assist features and drivers should at all times remain vigilant and able to take control in any respect times.

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