Tesla's vehicles have traveled one billion miles with Autopilot engaged

Polycount

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For tech companies that are experimenting with self-driving car technologies, there's nothing more important than data, and the best way to get that data is to test their systems in the wild.

That's why companies like Waymo make such a big deal about hitting major "X miles driven" milestones. The more their self-driving cars are traveling US roads, with or without passengers, the more information they can acquire and the better their tech will get over time.

Indeed, Waymo recently clocked in over 10 million miles of autonomous car driving on public roads. The data gathered from that mileage has helped them begin preparations to launch their upcoming self-driving taxi service.

Now, though, Tesla is swooping in to blow that number out of the park.

As reported by Electrek, the carmaker's customers have driven a whopping one billion miles with Autopilot assistance. That number is a massive achievement for Tesla, but it wouldn't be fair to directly compare it to what Waymo and other companies have achieved.

For starters, Autopilot is not a full self-driving system; not yet. Drivers are still required to maintain control of their vehicles at all times, so Tesla's technology isn't being left to fend for itself (in theory).

While this may be a safer route to take from a legal perspective -- if crashes occur, the blame can be placed on the driver rather than the tech -- it also means any data gathered from Autopilot's use isn't quite as "pure."

With that said, we aren't detracting from Tesla's accomplishments, and all of those miles driven have still undoubtedly provided the company with plenty of useful information.

How Tesla will use that information moving forward remains to be seen, but perhaps Autopilot will become a fully-autonomous driving feature sooner rather than later.

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psycros

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Did anyone check to see if the one headed to Mars has autopilot engaged? That might bump the numbers up a bit. Personally I'm really, really hoping that it has a parachute hidden in the trunk and it makes a full-on Heavy Metal landing.
 
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toooooot

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One piece of statistics is missing--the amount of times the steering wheel was touched to keep autopilot on within the miles driven.
 
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xxLCxx

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The "Autopilot" that is not an autopilot whenever it crashes into something, whereby getting the ***** behind the wheel (they're always alone) killed. :p
 

H3llion

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Show statistics on:

1 Billion Miles Traveled By Vehicles:

Tesla
Tesla Auto Pilot
Competitors (e.g. Cadillac Super Cruise)
Normal Vehicles

Break it down to, fatalities from crashes, crashes but survival rates.
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You can hate on Tesla all you want but they have started a trend towards a brighter future. Providing decent technology, strong frames to increase safety, 0 emissions (inb4 well tires are made out of oil), although orange peels are often use in tire production these days. Full Automation is far from reality and HAS TO BE better than humans by a huge margin before its the norm, however a small step is a giant leap...

But old men will moan. Reminds me of us British, is it raining? Complain that the we are cold and weather is depressing as ****. Is it sunny and warm? Complain that plants aren't getting water and its too hot to be out.

Gonna leave you with this, super accurate:
https://I.pinimg.com/236x/7e/d7/81/7ed781fdba45276602940a5596dfef68--get-off-my-lawn-gif.jpg
 

Theinsanegamer

TS Evangelist
I will be more impressed when tesla's autopilot can do a billion miles WITHOUT running into blatant, non moving structures like highway barriers and stopped cars, and can stay within the lines without driving like a 15 year old.

Show statistics on:

1 Billion Miles Traveled By Vehicles:

Tesla
Tesla Auto Pilot
Competitors (e.g. Cadillac Super Cruise)
Normal Vehicles

Break it down to, fatalities from crashes, crashes but survival rates.
---

You can hate on Tesla all you want but they have started a trend towards a brighter future. Providing decent technology, strong frames to increase safety, 0 emissions (inb4 well tires are made out of oil), although orange peels are often use in tire production these days. Full Automation is far from reality and HAS TO BE better than humans by a huge margin before its the norm, however a small step is a giant leap...

But old men will moan. Reminds me of us British, is it raining? Complain that the we are cold and weather is depressing as ****. Is it sunny and warm? Complain that plants aren't getting water and its too hot to be out.

Gonna leave you with this, super accurate:
https://I.pinimg.com/236x/7e/d7/81/7ed781fdba45276602940a5596dfef68--get-off-my-lawn-gif.jpg
The tires? Bruh, the electricity is made of fossil fuels, or did you forget that little tidbit?
 
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Uncle Al

TS Evangelist
I'd like to see a completely independent survey of these claims. Tesla's record on honesty and accuracy isn't impressive.
 
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H3llion

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I will be more impressed when tesla's autopilot can do a billion miles WITHOUT running into blatant, non moving structures like highway barriers and stopped cars, and can stay within the lines without driving like a 15 year old.


The tires? Bruh, the electricity is made of fossil fuels, or did you forget that little tidbit?
After the car is rolled out of production line it's subjective, but for majority yes, no ****. It's besides the point, a step in the right direction regardless.
 

Nobina

TS Evangelist
I will be more impressed when tesla's autopilot can do a billion miles WITHOUT running into blatant, non moving structures like highway barriers and stopped cars, and can stay within the lines without driving like a 15 year old.

Show statistics on:

1 Billion Miles Traveled By Vehicles:

Tesla
Tesla Auto Pilot
Competitors (e.g. Cadillac Super Cruise)
Normal Vehicles

Break it down to, fatalities from crashes, crashes but survival rates.
---

You can hate on Tesla all you want but they have started a trend towards a brighter future. Providing decent technology, strong frames to increase safety, 0 emissions (inb4 well tires are made out of oil), although orange peels are often use in tire production these days. Full Automation is far from reality and HAS TO BE better than humans by a huge margin before its the norm, however a small step is a giant leap...

But old men will moan. Reminds me of us British, is it raining? Complain that the we are cold and weather is depressing as ****. Is it sunny and warm? Complain that plants aren't getting water and its too hot to be out.

Gonna leave you with this, super accurate:
https://I.pinimg.com/236x/7e/d7/81/7ed781fdba45276602940a5596dfef68--get-off-my-lawn-gif.jpg
The tires? Bruh, the electricity is made of fossil fuels, or did you forget that little tidbit?
Shut up! Teslas are made out of thin air.