Elon Musk says Tesla Autopilot reduces crashes by 50%
Tesla Autopilot is one of the most sophisticated driverless systems on the road, and now Elon Musk reckons it reduces your chances of crashing by around 50%. In a government-hosted conference in Norway last week, Elon Musk said that the chances are halved when you’re in a Tesla with Autopilot, and after my review, I’m inclined to agree.
“The probability of having an accident is 50% lower if you have Autopilot on. Even with our first version,” Musk said. “So we can see basically what’s the average number of kilometres to an accident – accident defined by airbag deployment. Even with this early version, it’s almost twice as good as a person.”
Musk is actually referring to the first version of Tesla Autopilot, and the data comes from Tesla’s ever-growing body of data from Tesla owners. Electrek reports that Autopilot has already clocked up more than 47 million miles, and that number is only going to grow following the arrival of the Tesla Model 3.
And where is that data going? Into the next version of Tesla Autopilot of course. Electrek also reports that Elon Musk believes Tesla Autopilot 2 should be out in the next two years – making it fit perfectly with the release and delivery of the Tesla Model 3.
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