NHTSA publishes ADAS crash data, but warns not to draw safety conclusions


As expected the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published figures today on the number of crashes involving driver-assist systems.

The NHTSA completed a data collection and provided data based on a misleading basis of crashes per vehicle, as we explained last night.

Here are the numbers between July 2021 and May 15, 2022:

  • Tesla 273
  • Honda 90
  • Subaru 10

In addition, other major companies like General Motors, Toyota and Ford all reported five or fewer collisions over the same time frame.

The total number of crashes involving a vehicle with Level 2 automated driving over the time frame was 367. (via Bloomberg)

The figures come from the first public release about crashes involving Level 2 automated driving systems.

However, the NHTSA stated that the data should not be used to draw safety conclusions. The reason for this is that the data lacks contextual information such as:

  • Number of vehicles in the fleet using driver-assist systems
  • How often do the drivers use them
  • Number of miles driven
  • The issue around duplications of crash reports

NHTSA Administrator Steve Cliff had this to say about the report:

These technologies hold great promise to improve safety, but we need to understand how these vehicles are performing in real world situations.

The NHTSA also committed to updating the data monthly as companies report more crashes.

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