A Tesla Model 3 owner thanked Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta test Saturday for slowing down along I-10 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and safely avoiding an accident.
Model 3 owner William Sellers pilots the software. Unexpectedly, a driver stopped directly in front of him. “#FSDBeta responded well, slowed down safely and avoided an accident,” William tweeted.
This man pulled onto the interstate right in front of me. #FSDBeta Responded well, slowed down safely and avoided an accident. pic.twitter.com/wTsIaclPuj
— William Sellers (@wsellers) January 14, 2023
According to dashcam footage of the incident he shared, a car parked on the highway shoulder swerved into William’s driveway. Advanced software reacted quickly and slowed down.
“I was doing 65 on the highway when he pulled up in front of me,” William told Teslarati Added by phone that FSD Beta was responsive and safe.
This isn’t the only example of Tesla’s FSD Beta avoiding accidents. In September 2022, a Tesla owner engaged with FSD Beta said he was saved from a frontal collision by the software. In 2021, we reported on another example of software that saved the lives of some FSD beta testers.
2022, Tesla’s FSD Beta gA year-on-year increase of about 475%, 78% of which have been since the third quarter of last year. As of December 29, 2022, Tesla’s FSD Beta program has a total of 285,000 users.
Tesla’s FSD Beta is much more advanced than its Autopilot driver assistance system, and Tesla has been publishing Autopilot quarterly vehicle safety reports for the past few years. The results show that using Autopilot (a less advanced version) can significantly improve driving safety compared to FSD Beta.
In its latest report showing data for the third quarter of 2022, Tesla found that vehicles with Autopilot enabled will be involved in one crash for every 6.26 million miles driven. For drivers not using Autopilot during the same period, Teslas had one crash for every 1.71 million miles driven.
Although Autopilot and FSD are two layers of Tesla technology, data from the company’s vehicle report suggests that driving with the technology is safer than without it. In the case of William Sellers, it was shown to prevent potential accidents.
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