Tesla’s Autonomous: “Twice as good” as a person

 

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Let’s be real, we’ve all had our doubts about the future of autonomous cars. Taking away the only means to control your car and entrusting your life into a series of computers, cameras and sensors isn’t exactly ideal. Having seen many articles online of debate over the controversial topic, and even hearing the news about Google’s AV crash, it’s safe to say that the first release of fully autonomous vehicles is likely to make other motorists on the road very nervous. However, Tesla’s very own: Elon Musk has some news that may set aside your worries.

As we know, Tesla introduced their semi-autonomous “Autopilot” system last year. The introduction of the system was a HUGE success, gaining global praise and without a doubt, a big step in the development of autonomous driving. Since their introduction of the system, Tesla has been monitoring their cars to see how the autonomous driving relates to the average number of kilometers to an accident compared to non-autonomous driving.

At a press conference in Norway earlier this week, Musk stated:

“the probability of having an accident is 50 per cent 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.”

Essentially, Tesla has discovered that with their Autopilot system engaged, the average distance until an “accident” is almost doubled. Which means a 50% decrease in accidents. It’s no surprise as well, after seeing this video of the Autopilot saving an Uber driver and his passenger, it really does show what their technology is capable of. Checkout the video below!

A big score for autonomous cars is that 70% of Americans think that they are good drivers, however, the numbers show something completely different. A study done by Allstate shows that a large amount of the motorist population follow dangerous behaviors while driving on the road.

(In percentage of U.S)
Speeding (89%)
Excessive Fatigue (45%)
Intoxication (15%)
Texting/email (34%)
Involved in accident (56%)

Source: www.grist.org

Autonomous vehicles aim to take the “human” out of “human error” which means less accidents, and may possibly mean a break on insurance prices after the systems have been smoothened out.

Now, will I be buying an autonomous car anytime soon? Nah, I enjoy driving too much.
However, I am looking forward to what may happen in the future regarding autonomous cars, as it would expand the automotive industry into a whole new era. Besides, it would be nice to be able to continue sleeping on the ride to work without worrying about sitting in Toronto traffic.

Elon Musk, if by some miracle you are reading this right now, I just wanted to let you know that you’re doing a great job with Tesla, and I really look forward to what you have coming in the future. And please, oh please, make put an autonomous system into a Pontiac Trans Am. I just wanna pretend to be “The Hoff” in Knight Rider with my very own KITT.

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