Tesla released today their quarterly vehicle safety report, which reports on the number of accidents that happened where Tesla vehicles were involved.
When Tesla’s Autopilot feature is engaged, the automaker reported one accident every 7,290,000km. While that is a slight drop from Q1 2020 which saw one accident every 7,531,700km, it is still 43% better than for the same quarter in 2019.
|Q3 2018||Q4 2018||Q1 2019||Q2 2019||Q3 2019||Q4 2019||Q1 2020||Q2 2020|
|Tesla||5,400,000 km||4,680,000 km||4,618,000 km||5,262,000 km||6,984,000 km||4,940,000km||7,531,700km||7,290,000 km|
|NHTSA||791,000km||701,000 km||701,000 km||801,000 km||801,000 km||770,800km||770,800km||770,800 km|
These figures are in stark contrast to the NHTSA average of 1 automobile crash every 770,800km, making Autopilot more than 10X safer than a human driver.
Tesla also reports on the number of accidents when Autopilot is not engaged, but other active safety features are enabled. In those cases, there was one accident every 3,653,200km. This was an improvement over Q1 2020 which registered one accident every 3,202,500km.
Showing how important and reliable Tesla’s safety features are, when there are none enabled, there was one accident every 2,510,500km.
Interestingly, Tesla no longer refers to accidents in their safety reports as “crash-like events”. You can read the full safety report on Tesla’s website.