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Elon Musk: Tesla Autopilot remains safer to drive than any human

For several years, Tesla has sought to create a system that can drive autonomously, while protecting occupants. With the Autopilot, the American brand already has a unique driving ability, which is increasingly evolved.

Elon Musk: Tesla's Autopilot remains safer to drive than any human

Elon Musk, chairman and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc., speaks in front of a Tesla Model S electric car on day two of the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. The 2010 Detroit auto show runs through January 24 and features 60 new vehicle premieres. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Elon Musk: Tesla’s Autopilot remains safer to drive than any human (Image: Getty Images)

With the periodic obligation to present results from its systems, we are getting to know how this solution evolves. Now, with data for the first quarter of 2021, we have realized that the Tesla Autopilot is still safer to drive than any human being.

The new data presented by Tesla, show a new reality with regard to the security guarantees that the Tesla Autopilot can give to its cars. This driving support system does not yet guarantee a level of total autonomy, but it is close.

The data presented by the Elon Musk brand revealed the 3 scenarios in which his cars were involved. The first, safer, with all security measures active, the second, without Autopilot, but with active measures. Finally, we have normal driving and without any support.

It was Tesla’s strongman who came out to reveal the new brand data on the Autopilot. In his publication it revealed that in this period, they were very close to having a system that is 10 times safer than human driving.

In the first quarter of 2021, Tesla recorded 1 accident for every 4.19 million miles driven, with the Autopilot on. Without this help, but with security measures, that number dropped, in this case they had 1 accident every 2.05 million miles.

When it comes to driving without these essential aids, the number goes up again. Tesla reveals that its cars in these conditions have driven 978,000 miles until they have an accident. In comparison, general US data point to 484,000 miles for each accident.

Even with the information that Elon Musk highlights, there is a point to keep in mind. These figures turn out to be worse than in the previous quarter, but they still represent a clear victory for systems like Autopilot. Tesla will certainly make this system progress, now that it has made it even better and more autonomous.

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