Are you safer in a Tesla on autopilot, as Elon Musk says? Let’s do the math.The Washington Post - By Mark Palko October 7 at 7:00 AM
Statistics books are filled with examples of this kind of apples to oranges fallacy, such as various (usually tongue-in-cheek) attempts to argue that you are safer in a combat zone than in civilian life, based on comparisons of mortality rates of soldiers and civilians. The flaw in the argument is that, combat injuries aside, soldiers tend to be young, physically fit, with almost no serious pre-existing medical conditions.
Just as soldiers are an unrepresentative sample of the population’s health, those 130 million miles may be unrepresentative about road safety.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/mon ... -the-math/