Does Tesla Autopilot make driving significantly safer?
Jeff Mc Quinn gives credit to his Model 3 driver-assist system for saving him from getting sideswiped on the freeway. Mc Quinn felt his Model 3 swerve into an adjacent lane. He believed something was strange and thought the Autopilot was malfunctioning. Only when he reviewed the vehicle dashcam footage, which he shared on YouTube, did the Model 3 owner realize that the Autopilot system saved him from being sideswiped by a truck.
"My Tesla Model 3 was only two days old, and it saved me from getting sideswiped in moderately heavy rain. I first thought there was something wrong with my car, or Autopilot was not working well in the rain when it swerved hard into the other lane. It gave all the warnings, but I thought maybe rain got onto the camera lens. It wasn’t until I looked at the dashcam (footage) that (I realized that) it saved me (from) a moderate accident”. Jeff McQuinn wrote.
Tesla’s Autopilot is a system designed for safety on the road. The system uses eight cameras, ultrasonic sensors, radar, and artificial intelligence to observe the vehicle surroundings. The results of the vehicle safety reports for Autopilot have been released by Tesla over the past quarters, and so far, do imply that the drive-assist system makes driving significantly safer.
Tesla has registered one accident for every 1.76 million miles driven for vehicles that did not have Autopilot engaged for the first quarter of 2019, while claiming one accident for every 2.87 million miles driven for EVs with Autopilot engaged.
On May 22, Tesla announced that Autopilot is now standard on the Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive. Thus the EV’s starting price has been increased by $1,000 (for the Autopilot) plus the latest increment of prices for all Model 3 versions, of $400.00.
Well, even if I am a fan of safety on the road - considering the cost of the feature, now included in the vehicle starting price - I did like it better when the customer could opt to buy the said Model 3 version also without the Autopilot system.
|Standard Range||Standard Plus||Long Range RWD||Long Range AWD||Performance|
|0-60 mph||5.6 seconds||5.3 seconds||5.0 seconds||4.5 seconds||3.2 seconds|
|Range Per Charge||220 miles||240 mph||325 miles||310 miles||310 miles|
|Top Speed||130 mph||130 mph||140 mph||140 mph||150 mph|
Read our full review on the 2018 Tesla Model 3.