Data shows Tesla vehicle crashes dropped 40% with Autopilot



After closing an investigation into a fatal crash between a Tesla driver using Autopilot and a tractor-trailer, the U.S. Department of Transportation has found no safety issues with the semi-autonomous driving technology.

The federal investigation by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), which included crash rate data provided by Tesla, found that vehicles using Autopilot features were actually 40% less likely to crash.

The NHTSA examination did not identify any defects in the design or performance of either the Model S sedan or Model X crossover SUV’s automatic emergency braking (AEB) or Autopilot systems, nor any incidents in which the systems did not perform as designed.

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