Autopilot Could Reduce Car Accidents by 50%

The emerging technology of autopilot in cars could drastically reduce the number of motor-vehicle accidents on the road. Tesla has begun analyzing data from the autopilot-feature rollout on their cars and claims that accident rates have decreased by 50%.

Autopilot is only usable for highways and freeways; it resembles cruise control except that autopilot does not require human steering and it can prompt drivers to regain control if road conditions change, so it is not as advanced as a driverless car. However, these statistics are promising given that in British Columbia alone, almost 80,000 people a year on average are injured in car crashes, with those numbers steadily increasing every year between 2009-2013.

To learn more about Tesla’s study, click here.

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