Tesla Autopilot lowers the probability of having an accident by 50 percent, says the company’s CEO.
The semi-autonomous technology allows Tesla owners to let their vehicles take over driving on the freeway and according to Elon Musk, “The probability of having an accident is 50 percent lower if you have Autopilot on.” The comment was made during a talk in Norway, when Musk was speaking with Minister of Transport and Communications Ketil Solvik-Olsen. “Even with our first version,” Musk added. “So we can see basically what’s the average number of kilometers to an accident – accident defined by airbag deployment. Even with this early version, it’s almost twice as good as a person.”
One of the biggest hurdles self-driving cars will have to leap over is when regulators will allow fully autonomous vehicles to take over the roadways. Musk believes data showing how semi-autonomous technologies can prevent accidents will be crucial to accepting self-driving cars. “I think it’s going to be important in term of satisfying regulators and the public to show statistically with a large amount of data – with billions of kilometers of driving – to say that the safety level is definitely better, by a meaningful margin, if it’s autonomous versus non-autonomous.”
The American automaker has confirmed that Tesla owners have driven over 47-million miles on Autopilot since the feature rolled out last October. Musk is aiming for a fully-autonomous Tesla Autopilot to be available within the next two years, but isn’t sure when regulators will allow the technology to be usable.
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