Many drivers aren't yet willing to trust a computer to drive a car — their intuition is better than the computer's quick reaction speeds — but Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that's bunk, and he has the numbers to prove it.
Speaking in Norway, as noted by Electrek, Musk says that Autopilot-driven Teslas are having 50% fewer accidents than human-driven Teslas:
The probability of having an accident is 50% lower if you have Autopilot on. Even with our first version. So we can see basically what's the average number of kilometers to an accident – accident defined by airbag deployment. Even with this early version, it's almost twice as good as a person.
Of course, there's still the leap to take in trusting a computer, but Tesla says that more than 47 million miles have been driven on Autopilot, and while it's not been incident free, those millions of miles have seen far fewer accidents than when we dual-eye slow-to-react meatbags are behind the wheel.
But we're still in the first generation of Tesla Autopilot — we're talking about what is essentially an advanced for of cruise control, with lane keeping, driver-triggered lane changes, collision avoidance, and self-parking. True Autopilot is expected from Tesla for until the end of 2017 (curiously, right around the time the Model 3 will be entering production).