The numbers are beginning to show improvements.
Tesla has provided a detailed report surrounding the safety of its vehicles for four consecutive quarters now. The recent Q2 report was just published online. It not only includes updated information about accidents, but also new information pertaining to vehicle fires.
We are already aware that Tesla vehicles are incredibly safe. The automaker puts much emphasis on safety. In fact, the Model 3 received the lowest probability of injury numbers ever recorded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition, it fared exceedingly well in recent Euro NCAP safety testing.
Tesla’s accident report focuses on the number of total fleet miles driven per accident. More specifically, it points to accidents with and without Autopilot engaged.
Back in October of 2018 (Q3 2018), the automaker published its first report of this kind. It stated that with Autopilot engaged, Tesla vehicles suffered from one accident per 3.34 million miles driven. The number came in at 1.92 million miles without the use of Autopilot.
The above numbers didn’t improve for Q4 2018 and Q1 2019. However, the recent Q2 report shows notable improvement. Tesla shares:
“In the 2nd quarter, we registered one accident for every 3.27 million miles driven in which drivers had Autopilot engaged. For those driving without Autopilot but with our active safety features, we registered one accident for every 2.19 million miles driven. For those driving without Autopilot and without our active safety features, we registered one accident for every 1.41 million miles driven. By comparison, NHTSA’s most recent data shows that in the United States there is an automobile crash every 498,000 miles.*
*Note: Since we released our last quarterly safety report, NHTSA has released new data, which we’ve referenced in this quarter’s report.”
In terms of the fire report, Tesla says between 2012 and 2018, there was one fire for every 170 million miles traveled.
“From 2012 – 2018, there has been approximately one Tesla vehicle fire for every 170 million miles traveled. By comparison, data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and U.S. Department of Transportation shows that in the United States there is a vehicle fire for every 19 million miles traveled.
In order to provide an apt comparison to NFPA data, Tesla’s data set includes instances of vehicle fires caused by structure fires, arson, and other things unrelated to the vehicle, which account for about 15% of Tesla vehicle fires over this time period.”
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