Tesla’s Autopilot Feature Predicts The Future, Avoids Crash!

Tesla's Autopilot Feature Predicts Future

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This video demonstrates how the Tesla Model X uses radar to predict the future and avoid a two-car accident. The dashcam footage shows traffic moving along at a fairly even pace, the speed being recorded as approximately 113km/hr (70mph). An alarm starts beeping before the cars ahead even collide, which is the Tesla’s Forward Collision Warning system. A second later the red hatchback collides with the rear corner of the SUV, sending the SUV rolling 3 times. Then Tesla’s emergency brakes kick in, pulling the car safely to a stop! Insane.

According to Tesla, the Autopilot feature allows your vehicle to:

“…match speed to traffic conditions, keep within a lane, automatically change lanes without requiring driver input, transition from one freeway to another, exit the freeway when your destination is near, self-park when near a parking spot and be summoned to and from your garage.”

While this does appear to be a revolution in automobile safety, there can always be drawbacks. What if the safest option isn’t to stop the car?

And there have been reported accidents involving a Tesla with Auotpilot engaged. Just this past summer a driver in Florida was killed when the car failed to avoid a tractor trailor. Another incident in Indiana causing two fatalities was reported last month after a Tesla crashed into a tree.

There are pros and cons to this innovation. I personally feel like it’s a little I, Robot-ish. What do you think? Would you trust Tesla’s Autopilot feature?



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