During a talk in Norway last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said something that caught the attention of the whole room. Based on early data from the Autopilot program, Tesla’s semi-autonomous functions lowers the probability by 50%, based on early data, according to Musk.
Elon Musk said:
“The probability of having an accident is 50% lower if you have Autopilot on. Even with our first version. 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.”
Musk says that the second generation Autopilot is expected to be fully autonomous and significantly safer than the first generation.
“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 definitively better, by a meaningful margin, if it’s autonomous versus non-autonomous.”
Tesla’s fully autonomous function is expected to be ready within the next two years, according to Musk.
Last week, Musk tweeted following video of a Tesla Model S on autopilot saving his driver from a highway collision.