Tesla Vehicle Safety Report Q4 2021: Autopilot Safety Keeps Improving

Tesla released its Q4 2021 Safety Report today, detailing customers driving with Autopilot recorded one crash for every 4.31 million miles driven, an improvement year-over-year (via @SawyerMerritt).

“In the 4th quarter, we recorded one crash for every 4.31 million miles driven in which drivers were using Autopilot technology (Autosteer and active safety features). For drivers who were not using Autopilot technology (no Autosteer and active safety features), we recorded one crash for every 1.59 million miles driven,” said Tesla.

“By comparison, NHTSA’s most recent data shows that in the United States there is an automobile crash every 484,000 miles.”

In Q4 2020, Tesla drivers saw one accident for every 3.45 million miles driven in which drivers had Autopilot engaged, versus 4.31 million miles in Q4 2021.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded to the numbers on Saturday morning by saying “big difference.”

“Autopilot advanced safety and convenience features are designed to assist you with the most burdensome parts of driving. Autopilot introduces new features and improves existing functionality to make your Tesla safer and more capable over time,” explains the automaker.

“Autopilot enables your car to steer, accelerate and brake automatically within its lane. Current Autopilot features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous,” says Tesla.