Tesla Releases Q3 Vehicle Safety Report: Autopilot Reduces Crash Risk

Autopilot lessens the likelihood of a crash.

At Tesla, safety is paramount. As such, the automaker routinely releases safety-related reports (typically on crash-test results). But moving forward, the automaker now says it will release a quarterly safety report.

The vast majority of this first such report focuses on Autopilot. Here are some highlights:

Here’s a look at the data we’re able to report for Q3:

  • Over the past quarter, we’ve registered one accident or crash-like event for every 3.34 million miles driven in which drivers had Autopilot engaged.
  • For those driving without Autopilot, we registered one accident or crash-like event for every 1.92 million miles driven. By comparison, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) most recent data shows that in the United States, there is an automobile crash every 492,000 miles. While NHTSA’s data includes accidents that have occurred, our records include accidents as well as near misses (what we are calling crash-like events).

Check out the full report in its entirety below:

Q3 2018 Vehicle Safety Report

At Tesla, the safety of our customers is our top priority, which is why it’s critical that we design and build the safest cars in the world. Not only do we conduct extensive in-house testing and simulation to ensure our vehicles achieve top safety performance before they ever reach the road, we are also uniquely positioned to leverage the hundreds of thousands of miles of real-world data our fleet collects every month to continuously improve our vehicles and develop a more complete picture of safety over time.

Because every Tesla is connected, in most instances we are able to learn immediately when a Tesla vehicle has been involved in a crash. Additionally, our non-traditional sales model allows us to have a direct relationship with our customers for the lifecycle of ownership, providing an avenue for us to supplement our records and gain even more insight as needed. In contrast, automakers whose cars aren’t connected and who utilize networks of third-party franchised dealers may never know when a vehicle is involved in an accident. Through traditional channels, it can take months or even years for lawsuits or claims to be filed that provide automakers with insight into an accident that allows them to draw meaningful conclusions and improve safety.

Earlier this year, when we made the decision to begin publishing our safety data on a regular basis, we designed and introduced a completely new telemetry stream for our vehicles to facilitate these reports. This new data stream allows us to gather the most critical fleet-wide statistics from the exact moment a crash-related event is detected by our system. While there are still some unique cases in which crash data may not be available to us through this channel, we believe this system currently provides the best framework for safety reporting on an ongoing basis.

Here’s a look at the data we’re able to report for Q3:

  • Over the past quarter, we’ve registered one accident or crash-like event for every 3.34 million miles driven in which drivers had Autopilot engaged.
  • For those driving without Autopilot, we registered one accident or crash-like event for every 1.92 million miles driven. By comparison, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) most recent data shows that in the United States, there is an automobile crash every 492,000 miles. While NHTSA’s data includes accidents that have occurred, our records include accidents as well as near misses (what we are calling crash-like events).

Moving forward, we will publicly release these accident figures on a quarterly basis.

Given the degree to which accidents can vary in severity and circumstance, we’ve started an additional initiative to create a more complete picture of safety by gathering serious injury data from our customers following an accident. While we have long maintained the practice of calling our customers whenever our system detects a crash in order to see whether they need emergency assistance, we now also use these calls to understand if they sustained an injury in the crash, and if they have feedback on our current safety system. This will help us continue to improve our system and understand the rate of serious injuries over time.

We also encourage our customers to proactively contact Tesla Support if they are ever seriously injured in a Tesla vehicle, or if they have suggestions about improving safety features.

As we are working hard to make our cars the safest and most capable cars on the road in terms of passive safety, active safety, and automated driving, we must continue to encourage driver vigilance on the road – that is, by and large, the best way to prevent traffic accidents. Safety is at the core of everything we do and every decision we make, so we cannot stress this enough. We want our cars to not only lead the way to sustainable energy, but also make driving as safe as possible for everyone, and we are working as quickly as we can to achieve that. We look forward to sharing continued updates with our customers and community, and working together to make our vehicles as safe as possible.


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Autopilot Tops Super Cruise Capability: Dinged For Driver Engagement

Victim of its success.

When it comes to advanced driving automation systems, most people might think that Tesla is king. Autopilot is, after all, one of the most popular features available in the Californian electric vehicles, and we’ve seen it tackle some pretty challenging stretches of road. Well, maybe not. In a comparison test of a number of systems by Consumer Reports, Cadillac’s Super Cruise actually came out on top. And this isn’t the first comparison of these two systems have reached that same conclusion. So, what is going on here? Let’s take a closer look.

In everyday usage, there’s no doubt that many would prefer Autopilot, especially if they are Tesla owners familiar with its proficiency at reading the roads and adjusting to traffic accordingly. And, despite it being referred to as a beta system and recommended for highway use only, it can be engaged anywhere. Did we mention that the system is constantly being improved upon and given even more functionality over time?

Super Cruise, on the other hand, actually scores lower than Autopilot when it comes to basic functionality. It’s just not as capable and it’s also geo-fenced, meaning that it can only be used on certain highways. When it first rolled out, the number of roads where it would even turn on as quite limited, but that’s has grown over time and it now functions on a wide swath of our highway system.

So how does the Cadillac system manage to beat out Tesla’s? It all comes down to safety and it seems here, Autopilot is a victim of its own success. Experts in the field contend that with increased confidence in a system, comes a greater liklihood a driver will be less attentive. Sure, the Tesla system does nag you visually and audibly if you stay hands-off for 20 seconds or so, but a car can cover a lot of ground in that time and, perhaps, find itself in a situation where it needs the driver to intervene.

By contrast, the Super Cruise system employs a camera trained on the driver and monitors their eyes to see if they look away from the road. Close your eyes or turn your head for more than four seconds and the Caddy’s steering wheel lights up and it gives an audible warning. The seat may even vibrate.

While Autopilot is expected to get even more improvements and features in an upcoming “Version 9” update, it still won’t have this sort of advanced driver monitoring, and so we expect it will continue to lag behind Super Cruise in these sorts of comparisons for some time. The Tesla Model 3 does have an interior camera that possibly could be adapted to this purpose, among other things, but there’s no indication that will happen. When CR contacted the company about whether its interior camera might be purposed with this driver monitoring task in the future, they were told by email the following:

It might be utilized in potential future features, which could be added to Model 3 with software releases. Customers will receive prior notice if/when Tesla decides to use it.

 

Source: Consumer Reports


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Green Deals: Enter the world of autonomous mowing w/ exclusive discounts on Robomow equipment

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Cadillac’s Super Cruise ranked as best automated driving system by Consumer Reports, leading Tesla at #2

Consumer Reports is out today with its first ever ranking of automated driving systems. Coming out on top overall was Cadillac’s Super Cruise, but Tesla’s Autopilot earned the highest score for the “Capability & Performance” category.

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Watch Tesla Model 3 Performance Set New 0 To 60 MPH Record

It’s the right choice of wheels that make this Model 3 so quick.

Fitted with some new wheels, this Tesla Model 3 Performance lays down a new 0 to 60 MPH record.

While we can’t say that the old record was smashed, it was indeed beaten. The old record stood at 3.13 seconds. The new record? Well, you’ll have to watch the video to find out, but we will say it’s almost identical.

Video description:

In this segment we take a brand new Performance Model 3 and run it through its paces. Then we upgrade the wheels and set a new 0-60 record!

We’d be willing to bet a new game is arising. One in which Tesla Model 3 Performance owners head out weekly to one-up the last record setter. How low can this 0 to 60 MPH time go? Well, the new, lower mark is set, so who’s next to drop it down more?


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Deep Dive: InsideEVs Electric Car Sales Estimates And Methodology

Ever wanted to know how we handle the plethora of EV sales? Why do other websites rely on our numbers?

We’ve received an influx of emails, comments, and questions on social media pertaining to how InsideEVs handles electric car delivery reporting. Mostly, the questions are surrounding which automakers are estimated on a monthly basis, which are estimated quarterly or yearly, and how the estimates are gleaned. In the end, people want to know how accurate are IEV’s estimates? While we will never fully divulge the exact methods, we would love to provide some clarity to help everyone to better understand the situation. This is partly due to the fact that we have a plethora of new users that just don’t really understand the big picture. So, let’s break it all down for you.

Though our new chart is much nicer and easier to read, and we’ve added the battery icons and asterisks to clarify data, we understand that there are still some loose ends. For instance, how does one know which automakers provide “official” numbers on a monthly or quarterly basis? That is to say – how do readers know which months are estimated versus reported by automakers? We wish we could color-code data or add a ton of disclaimers in every sales report, but that’s just not plausible. So, let’s take a close look.

First off, our Plug-In Sales Scorecard is for U.S. Deliveries/Sales Only

Tesla does not break down monthly sales figures by country. So, they do not release delivery data for the U.S. at all. Instead, Tesla offers a global look at the end of each quarter. For this reason, our monthly Tesla delivery data is estimated. It’s impossible to be 100% accurate. We just want to have the best numbers possible.

As a general rule, our monthly and quarterly estimates are within ~5% of actual. In recent months we have been within ~4% of actual on Model 3 sales for instance. At the end of each quarter, after Tesla releases final sales numbers and global data, we adjust our U.S. numbers as needed. We only make adjustments at the end of a quarter and after global registrations are in. We make a note of these adjustments in our monthly sales report.

One primary source of data is VIN numbers and additional delivery information reported by Tesla buyers around the web, social media, and to InsideEVs directly. We also use global sales and registration data when available. We place less importance on rumored or “leaked” reports of weekly production, as they vary wildly, are often incorrect, and are not always representative of monthly deliveries. We do consider this information when it is from a source that we trust.

GM stopped reporting monthly sales earlier this year. Now, much like Tesla, we provide our best estimate of each month’s deliveries based on the movement of inventories throughout the month. We also consider information from buyers that is posted online, or directly to InsideEVs. Fortunately, GM provides the numbers at the end of every quarter and we can reconcile if needed. Much like our Tesla numbers, we’ve found that our hard work is paying off and needed adjustments are very rare.

BMW and Mercedes give us the total number of EVs sold each month. So, you can be confident to know that those numbers are also accurate. However, these automakers don’t break down the numbers sold for each model. The BMW i3 and i8, as well as the Mercedes B-Class, are reported. All other models are actually offered with other powertrains, and the automaker does not split out the specific EV sales. For instance, the BMW 3 Series, 5 Series, and X5 have multiple powertrain options, so BMW won’t give us the number of how many of the plug-in vehicles were delivered. Similar to GM we provide our best estimate of each month’s deliveries based on the movement of inventories throughout the month. We also consider information from buyers that is posted online, or directly to InsideEVs. We combine our estimates for monthly sales ratio between the models with official numbers released by BMW and Mercedes.

Hyundai and Kia function in much the same way as BMW and Mercedes. The automakers don’t divulge any “splits” between electrified models and ICE models. The Hyundai Sonata, for instance, comes in a plug-in variant and the IONIQ comes with multiple powertrain options, but the automaker only reports total Sonata and IONIQ sales. Sadly, this is one place that our efforts cannot be validated, though we still believe that our estimates paint a pretty accurate picture. To be more clear, the Korean automakers – unlike BMW and Mercedes – don’t ever provide us with a total number of EV sales, so we’re on our own merits here. Similar to GM, we provide our best estimate of each month’s deliveries based on the movement of inventories throughout the month. We also consider information from buyers that is posted online, or directly to InsideEVs.

Adding to this situation, Porsche, Audi, and Volvo don’t ever give any plug-in electric car numbers/splits. So, like the above, those are only ever estimated and not able to be reconciled. Again, since these automakers produce such a small number in the overall grand scheme of things, this doesn’t have a major impact on our overall data collection and final numbers, but it’s surely worth divulging.

As we’ve clarified on numerous occasions, Honda reports total Clarity plug-in sales every month, so those are accurate. However, we have to provide you with an asterisk since the automaker doesn’t split out BEV, PHEV, and FCEV numbers. With that being said, much like our GM and Tesla numbers, Similar to GM we provide our best estimate of each month’s deliveries based on the movement of inventories throughout the month and information/registration data that is posted online or directly to InsideEVs. We combine our estimates for monthly sales ratio between the models with the combined BEV, PHEV and FCEV numbers.

At this point, Ford, Nissan, and Toyota still provide monthly U.S. data for the general public.

So, in summary, Nissan, Ford, Toyota, and Honda are always official, despite the Honda splits situation. Our GM data is accurate to the quarter and accurately estimated each month. Tesla data is accurately estimated each month, and adjusted as needed following the release of global sales and registration data. BMW and Mercedes are accurate on a monthly basis in terms of combined sales, and accurately estimated for the model breakdown. Hyundai/Kia/Porsche/Audi/Volvo is entirely estimated, although we’re very confident in our data collection and methodologies.

In the grand scheme of this whole situation, we can tell you that our monthly plug-in electric vehicle sales scorecard is about as accurate as it can possibly be. We spend upwards of 80 hours every month to compile the most accurate plug-in data available on the web. With all of this said, we appreciate your continued support of IEVs and our undying efforts, regardless of the ever-changing situation.

We honestly hope this helps everyone to better understand our situation and methods. Please feel free to submit questions in the comment section below and/or don’t hesitate to email me at contact.insideevs@gmail.com. Thanks again for all of the awesome support!


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Renault Unveils Special Edition “Iconic” ZOE

Renault presents the icon of the electric vehicle market.

Renault celebrates sales of more than 110,000 ZOE (since market introduction in late 2012) and presented at the 2018 Paris Motor Show a new limited series – Renault ZOE Iconic, as the car is considered an icon of the EV market.

The new version doesn’t bring any technical upgrades in terms of batteries or electric motors. It’s just new special trim:

“There is no coincidence then that the name ‘Iconic’ has been given to the new limited series of the ZOE presented at the Paris Motor Show. This version offers exclusive grey-coloured upholstery with its new Highland Grey exterior and new 17” aluminium wheel rims. As an accessory, ZOE now offers an ingenious luggage compartment floor that is installed flush with the luggage compartment sill and frees up the loading space by storing the cables in this double bottom accessory. Lastly, the ZOE Iconic is equipped with R110 and Q90 motors offering a real-world range of 300 km.”

Renault ZOE Iconic

2018 Renault ZOE - ICONIC

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MY Renault

Besides the new version of ZOE, Renault is also introducing its MY Renault app with an entire package of features.

To facilitate the daily life of electric vehicles drivers, a new service helps to create smart journeys by giving information about the whole journey time (journey + battery charging) and guide the driver to the most appropriate charging point. First on the market, this application is accessible via its smartphone. All services are now combined in a single application, MY Renault.

My Renault app

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My Renault app
My Renault app
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My Renault app


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Audi Reveals Formula E e-tron FE05 Race Car

Audi has revealed the e-tron FE05 car it will use in the 2018/19 Formula E championship.

The German manufacturer, which will again field season three FE champion Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt as its driver line-up in the electric championship, has adjusted its livery for its Gen2 challenger.

A statement issued by Audi explained that the e-tron FE05 is an “evolution” of the car that clinched the FE teams’ title in season four and has a powertrain with “95%” new parts, while its engineers have been “able to shave 10% off the weight”.

The season four Audi powertrain was widely perceived as the most efficient in the FE field, which gave it a significant advantage in races – although it suffered reliability issues during the first four rounds of the 2017/18 championship.

Tristan Summerscale, Audi’s FE project leader, said it had “retained the basic concept with one gear and at the same time refined the details and manufactured all of the parts” for the e-tron FE05.

The Audi statement also explained that “Summerscale and his team began developing the Audi e-tron FE05 as early as mid-2017, even before the start of last season”.

Following the conclusion of private season five manufacturer testing at the end of September, Audi will give the e-tron FE05 its public debut at the official FE pre-season test session, which takes place at Valencia on October 16-19.

Audi is also supplying the Virgin Racing team with e-tron FE05 powertrains for this season, the first time the manufacturer has entered into a customer deal with another FE squad.

Virgin will reveal its season five FE livery and confirmed driver line-up at an event at its Silverstone base on Friday October 5.

It is understood that Audi factory driver Robin Frijns will be announced as teammate to Sam Bird.

Source: Motorsport.com


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AVID Technology wins six new power electronics and motor contracts totaling £50 million per year

Power electronics and motor specialist AVID Technology has recently won several new contracts totaling £50 million per year. The largest contract is a £34 million deal to develop an integrated EV system for a Tier 1 automotive supplier. Others include a £3.5 million contract to develop and supply customized electric cooling pumps and a 5 year, £5 million deal to provide 48 V electrification products for a supercar manufacturer.

Besides contracts, AVID is currently a finalist for the title of Growth Champion of the Year as part of the Growth Investor Awards 2018.  Votes have already been cast, and the winner will be announced on November 7th.

“Innovation is at the heart of what we do. We have been developing powertrain technology for electric and hybrid vehicles for over 12 years and are now seeing the market take off in a huge way” says AVID managing director Ryan Maughan. “We have recently appointed a vice-president of business development to run our new USA office in Michigan to grow our presence in the North American market.”

 

Source: AVID


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Duke Energy plans 530 charging stations in Florida, launches charging study

Duke Energy plans to install up to 530 public charging stations within its Florida service area. Under the Park and Plug pilot program, the chargers will be deployed at multi-unit dwellings, workplaces and locations with high traffic. Ten percent of the new charging stations will be installed in “income-qualified communities.”

Charging solution provider NovaCharge will install the charging stations – selected host sites for the program will work directly with NovaCharge to have the equipment installed.

Sites are being selected through an application process. Prospective site hosts can apply through the Park and Plug web site.

Duke has also launched a three-year study called Charge Florida to research the impact of residential EV charging on the electric grid. The company will collect information from around 200 customer volunteers who drive EVs. Basic data such as the location, time frame and length of vehicle charging, and battery state of charge will be compiled to produce a dataset that Duke will use to plan for the integration of EV charging demand.

FleetCarma will provide an online gateway to vehicle data and statistics, and volunteers will receive compensation for their participation. To register for the study, visit the FleetCarma web site.

Meanwhile, Duke has announced a new investment of $6 billion in a multi-year plan to build a smarter, cleaner, more resilient energy grid. This includes installing new smart meters for customers this fall, and building or acquiring 700 MW of new solar power over the next four years.

“We are bringing cleaner energy to Florida through 700 megawatts of new universal solar, and we are helping our customers to bring clean transportation to the state as well,” said Duke Energy Florida President Catherine Stempien.

 

Source: Duke Energy


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