Tesla Vehicle Safety Report for Q3 2022: Autopilot Keeps Making Driving Safer

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Tesla shared its newest vehicle safety report this week, once again comparing accidents with Autopilot miles driven and without, as compared to the U.S. average (via Reddit).

The report includes data shared by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), showing that Tesla’s vehicles only reported one crash for every 6.26 million miles driven while Autopilot was engaged during the fourth quarter of 2022.

Without Autopilot engaged, Tesla’s drivers averaged about one crash per every 1.71 million miles driven, while the U.S. average showed one auto accident per every 652,000 miles driven.

“In the 3rd quarter, we recorded one crash for every 6.26 million miles driven in which drivers were using Autopilot technology. For drivers who were not using Autopilot technology, we recorded one crash for every 1.71 million miles driven. By comparison, the most recent data available from NHTSA and FHWA (from 2021) shows that in the United States there was an automobile crash approximately every 652,000 miles,” explained Tesla.

The data suggests continued improvement of Tesla’s Autopilot system, which recorded just one crash for every 5.10 million miles driven in the second quarter. By comparison, Tesla’s Autopilot-engaged vehicles represented just one crash every 6.57 million miles driven in the first quarter of the year.

The news comes as the NHTSA has been probing Tesla about Autopilot, most recently questioning the company on CEO Elon Musk’s claims that hands-free driving was on the way.

Tesla also began facing a class-action lawsuit over Autopilot and the Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta in September, claiming that the automaker has misled consumers on the systems’ functionalities since at least 2016.

In November, Tesla released an update that detects devices attempting to bypass the FSD beta’s prompts and monitoring.