Misleading tesla safety statistics

Added 2022-02-09, Modified 2022-03-12

Autopilot is primarily used in safer areas

Basically, autopilot is mostly used on highways which have a much lower "crash per mile" number then driving in other areas. If you correct for this autopilot is about as safe as a human driver. Read this paper for details. (Tesla cars are still very safe, just not because of autopilot.)

I'm hitting myself for not realizing this, I know about sampling bias! but it diden't help me because I never questioned the numbers.

When reading ANY statistic from now on I'll ask myself: What kind of sampling bias is there? (there's always some)