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?
Original video, authorization from the owner. Essential, no one could predict the accident but the radar did and acted by emergency braking. pic.twitter.com/70MySRiHGR
— Hans Noordsij (@HansNoordsij) December 27, 2016
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