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Are automated driver-assist and self-driving systems safe?

Are automated driver-assist and self-driving systems safe?

On Behalf of | Jun 17, 2022 | Car Accidents

Many people think that vehicles, such as those manufactured by Tesla, that have automated driver-assist systems are nearly infallible. While it’s true that these systems were created to enhance safety, they still aren’t a completely safe option for people on the roads. 

Recently a report was released that noted during a 10-month period, there were almost 400 crashes that involved automated driver-assist systems. While this might seem a bit shocking, it’s important to note that there are a lot of variables that occurred within these crashes. 

Look at the big picture

You have to look at the big picture when you’re trying to determine if these vehicles are safe. One thing to consider is that there are various types of automated driver-assist systems within the report. 

For example, Tesla has around 830,000 vehicles on the road. In the report, it was noted that three were 273 crashes involving Tesla vehicles. Honda, which came in right behind Tesla for the highest number of crashes in the report, has around six million vehicles on the road and was involved in 90 crashes in the report. 

Tesla vehicles accounted for almost 70% of the crashes in the report, but that figure could be inflated because telematics makes it possible to get crash reports in real-time. Other manufacturers could have more crashes than what was reported because they don’t have real-time reporting.

A primary difference between the Tesla crashes and the Honda crashes was that the Tesla vehicles were in Full Self-Driving mode during the crash. This calls the need for regulations into effect. Auto safety advocates agree that these systems could save lives but that it’s not as likely now as it would be if there were an industry-standard in place. Until then, crashes may occur, and victims will need to learn about their options for seeking compensation before time runs out for doing this.