A Tesla Model 3 owner thanks Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta for slowing down and safely avoiding a crash on I-10 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Saturday.
Model 3 owner William Sellers drove with the software installed. when a driver unexpectedly pulled out directly in front of him. “#FSDBeta reacted well and slowed down safely to avoid an accident,” William tweeted.
— William Sellers (@wsellers) January 14, 2023
Based on dashcam footage of the incident he shared, the car, which was parked on the side of the highway, suddenly swerved into William’s lane. The advanced software was quick to respond and slow down.
“I was going 65 on the freeway when he pulled out right in front of me,” William said Teslarati by phone, adding that FSD Beta responded quickly and safely.
This isn’t the only time the Tesla FSD Beta has avoided an accident. In September 2022, a Tesla owner with FSD Beta said the software saved him from a head-on crash. In 2021, we reported on another example of software that saved the lives of several FSD Beta testers.
In 2022 FSD Beta g from Teslareworking approximately 475% year-on-year, with 78% of that since the third quarter of last year. As of December 29, 2022, Tesla’s FSD Beta program had a total of 285,000 users.
Tesla’s FSD Beta is much more advanced than its Autopilot driver assistance system, and Tesla has been releasing quarterly reports on Autopilot vehicle safety for the past few years. The results indicate that using Autopilot, a less advanced version compared to FSD Beta, significantly increases driving safety.
In the latest report, which shows data for the third quarter of 2022, Tesla found that vehicles with Autopilot on had one accident for every 6.26 million miles driven. For drivers who did not use Autopilot during the same period, Tesla had one accident for every 1 .71 million miles driven.
Although Autopilot and FSD are Tesla’s two levels of technology, data from the vehicle report suggests it’s safer to drive with the technology on than without. In the case of William Sellers, it turned out that he avoided a potential accident.
Disclosure: Johnna is a $TSLA shareholder and believes in Tesla’s mission.
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