Tesla released its Q2 vehicle safety report numbers and we have to say we are impressed. Granted the numbers are not as good as Q1 but we always knew these numbers set some unrealistic standards.
In addition, Q2 features only slightly less good numbers than Q1 which means the difference is negligible.
"In the 2nd quarter, we registered one accident for every 4.53 million miles (7.2 million km) driven in which drivers had Autopilot engaged. For those driving without Autopilot but with our active safety features, we registered one accident for every 2.27 million miles (3.6 million km) driven," said Tesla in its report.
In addition, the company provided numbers for those driving without both Autopilot and active safety features. Naturally, these were more severe, reaching an accident every 1.56 million miles (2.5 million km).
Still, compared to other U.S. standards, Tesla is doing extremely well. "By comparison, NHTSA’s most recent data shows that in the United States there is an automobile crash every 479,000 miles (770,000 km)," said Tesla.
Tesla seems to take safety very seriously. In a note accompanying its latest results, the firm outlined the many measures it takes in order to guarantee the safety of its drivers.
The company revealed that a unique combination of passive safety, active safety, and automated driver assistance was the secret of their high safety numbers. It also revealed that Model S, Model X and Model 3 had achieved the lowest overall probability of injury of any vehicle ever tested by the U.S. government’s New Car Assessment Program.
The firm attributed this success to the fortified structure of the battery pack which provides a vehicle with exceptional strength, large crumple zones, and a uniquely low center of gravity. According to Tesla, their battery packs rarely incur damage and are also pretty much fire-proof.
Finally, the electric car maker outlined how they use the billions of miles of real-world data collected from their global fleet to understand accidents in order to avoid them. Well done Tesla! Well done!