EV manufacturer Tesla recently published its Autopilot safety report for the second quarter of 2019. The company shows improvement in figures in the fourth iteration of the report.
Tesla aims to tackle false information
The Elon Musk headed company launched an initiative last year to publish its own safety reports that could help tackle unfair coverage of accidents of their vehicles. The first of these reports was out in the third quarter of 2018. At the time, the company claimed to have one accident per 3.34 million miles driven with the Autopilot engaged. Without the Autopilot, the company reported one accident or crash-like event per 1.92 million miles.
In its fourth edition, the reported covered the second quarter of 2019 and included reports related to fires as well. In the most recent report, the company reported one accident ever 3.27 million miles with the car’s Autopilot engaged. In cases where Autopilot was turned off, but the safety features were active, the cars reported one accident ever 2.19 million miles. In cases where both the Autopilot was disengaged, and active safety features were deactivated, there was an accident every 1.41 million miles.
The company also compared its own figures with NHTSA’s data, which shows that there is an automobile crash in the US every 498,000 miles.
Tesla’s fire data
This time, the company also included data about fire safety in its vehicles, a very controversial topic. It plans to release this data every year. Between 2012 and 2018, Tesla’s car reported a fire for every 170 million miles. It quoted data from the US Department of Transportation and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), which suggested a vehicle fire for every 19 million miles.
By comparison to publicly available data, EVs are safer than most average vehicles. To make the data comparison more specific, the company includes reports of vehicle fires caused by arson, structure fires, and other reasons. These causes accounted for about 15% of fires in the company’s vehicles.
It is important to note that data by the EV manufacturer may not be aptly compared with the national figures since they include several makes and models of cars of varying ages. Older cars are more prone to accidents than newer vehicles. Cars by Tesla are relatively new and come with more advanced tech than its counterparts. The company’s data is promising, but it would not make perfect sense until other automakers start releasing similar reports about their vehicles.