2 Collisions Avoided Thanks to Tesla Autopilot

An Uber driver in Seattle recorded the moment his Tesla Model S, while in Autopilot mode, slowed down to avoid a head-on collision.

Photo Caption: Tesla's Autopilot system brings a Model S to a screeching halt in Seattle, Wash. to avoid a head-on collision. (Photo: YouTube/Jon Hall)

We’ve showed you videos of Tesla Autopilot fails, so it’s only fair to show when technology goes above and beyond the call of duty.

In the first example, an Uber driver in Seattle recorded the moment his Tesla Model S, while in Autopilot mode, slowed down to avoid a head-on collision. The driver, Jon Hall, was on State Route 99 just north of downtown Seattle when an oncoming car attempted to make a left turn directly in front of him.

“Add your own honking and swearing,” Hall writes on YouTube. “I did not touch the brake. Car did all the work. Sadly no audio, because I had an Uber passenger and Washington [state] has strict privacy laws about recording conversations.”

On Reddit, Hall says Autopilot was set a couple MPH below the speed limit of 45. “It’s easy to say that in hindsight, I should be going slower, but traffic tends not to pull out from you in that direction,” Hall wrote. “I was actually watching cars to the right of me, which is the entire reason the car reacted and I didn’t. All the fault is in the other driver, and the video clearly shows this.”

Hall said he had his autopilot set to follow cars at the “maximum distance.” Here’s the video.

If that doesn’t impress you, a Tesla driver in Moscow posted the following video of a taxi unexpectedly cutting them off. As you’ll see, Tesla’s Autopilot senses the oncoming taxi and moves to the side to allow room. A job well done.


As you can see in this second video, the driver has his hands off the wheel, which is something Tesla is adamant about not doing when in Autopilot mode. You can’t tell if the driver in the first video has his hands off the wheel, but let this serve as another reminder to Tesla Autopilot drivers, keep your hands on the wheel and be alert.

[Source:] Reddit

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