Tesla has not had a single accident in its Full Self-Driving Beta test program since the start over a year ago, according to Elon Musk, but is this because the testers are being overly cautious or due to the fact that the system is safe?
The “Full Self-Driving Beta” software is being tried and tested only by a group of Tesla owners who were handpicked by Tesla themselves through a “safety test score”, due to it being a preliminary version of the software.
The vehicle may drive autonomously to a destination specified in the car’s navigation system, but the driver must remain attentive and ready to take control at all times. Tesla began the program in October 2020, and it has distributed software to hundreds of customers since then.
The beta test has come under fire for putting sophisticated autonomous functions in the hands of consumers and leaving the burden on them by labeling it a level two autonomous system. Tesla has replied that it has been cautious with gradually introducing features to customers it believes are “safer drivers.”
CEO Elon Musk confirmed yesterday that there has not been any accidents in the Full Self-Driving Beta program more than a year after its inception, responding to an tweet from Tesla investor Ross Gerber:
It would indicate that Musk is disputing a prior NHTSA accident report when a Model Y owner claimed the system caused a collision. If the report was incorrect, it’s remarkable that Tesla hasn’t had a serious accident in millions of FSD Beta miles. Especially as, according to NHTSA, there is an accident every 500,000 miles for all human drivers.