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Autopilot Crash Data Paints a Dire Picture

June 16, 2022
TechCrunch, NPR.org, New York Times
The context
Advanced Driver Assistance-powered cars were involved in a shocking number of car crashes, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration project results.
Autopilot Crash Data Paints a Dire Picture

Tesla led the pack

  • Data from the first year of a study tracking the safety of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems is now available, and it doesn't look good.
  • The data showed that in the last year, Tesla's electric vehicles were involved in 70% of the reported crashes involving Level 2 tech.
  • The data also showed that Tesla cars with driving assistance were involved in 60% of crashes that caused severe injuries and a whopping 85% of the crashes resulting in death.
  • Tesla topped the list for the most crashes at 273 reported.
  • However, the sheer number of Tesla cars on the roads with drivers' assistance could be impacting the overall data conclusions.
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Tough for automated tech

  • The study began in June 2021 with the NHTSA asking more than 100 automakers to report serious crashes.
  • The data has a long way to go before an application, but the raw data will be analyzed and discussed with the automakers.
  • One limitation of the data is that automakers weren't required to disclose how many vehicles they have on the road with the different driver assistance systems.
  • For one, Tesla has sold about 830,000 cars with Autopilot.
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Not so helpful after all?

  • The study seeks to determine whether driver assistance technologies actually help to prevent accidents.
  • The study found nearly 400 crashes in the U.S. involved cars using advanced driver assistance technology.
  • The study also requested data from companies like Waymo that make driverless cars. Most accidents involving advanced systems, like self-driving vehicles, occurred in the San Francisco/Bay Area, where the technology is most popular.
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