Teslas probably aren't safer when on Autopilot, so do they need driver monitoring?
For some time, Tesla has published numbers to suggest that driving is safer with autopilot than it is without it, in that cars have fewer accidents per mile with autopilot on than with it off. The problem is autopilot is mostly on when on the highway, when driving is safer, so this would naturally be the case.
Some new data suggests that it's actually modestly less safe or at best a wash.
Driver monitoring would probably change that, but Tesla resists that. I discuss the issues in a new Forbes.com article at Teslas probably aren't safer when on Autopilot, so do they need driver monitoring?