Autopilot Prevents Truck From Colliding With Tesla Model S – Video

1 year ago by Electric CarsTV 19

Autopilot Saves Model S From Collision

Autopilot Saves Model S From Collision

We’ve seen some early videos showing how Tesla’s autopilot system veered off course when mis-used, nearly causing an accident, but this latest video shows the opposite.

In this case, autopilot saves the Model S from being hit by a merging truck.

Here’s the full video description to provide you with a sense of what’s going on in the clip above:

Tesla Model S autopilot saved the car autonomously from a side collision from a boom lift truck. I was driving down the interstate and you can see the boom lift truck in question on the left side of the screen on a joining interstate road. Once the roads merged, the truck tried to get to the exit ramp on the right and never saw my Tesla. I actually wasn’t watching that direction and Tessy (the name of my car) was on duty with autopilot engaged. I became aware of the danger when Tessy alerted me with the “immediately take over” warning chime and the car swerving to the right to avoid the side collision.

You can see where I took over when there’s a little bit of blip in the steering. Tessy had already moved to the right to avoid the collision. I was not able to slow down even more due to the heavy traffic (cars were behind me). Once I got behind him I slowly added more room between us until he exited. I was not tail gating after the incident.

It was a mistake on the other driver’s part. He did not even know I was there until I honked my horn. There was a group of women in the black sedan to my left and they went nuts about the guy and what he did (all kinds of gesturing in their car). Once I was beside the truck as it slowed down on the ramp, the guy gestured a “sorry!” I gave him, “it’s okay” wave.

Tessy did great. I have done a lot of testing with the sensors in the car and the software capabilities. I have always been impressed with the car, but I had not tested the car’s side collision avoidance. I am VERY impressed. Excellent job Elon!

 

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19 responses to "Autopilot Prevents Truck From Colliding With Tesla Model S – Video"

  1. evcarnut says:

    I wonder what it would have done if there were an obstacle to it’s right , to prevent it from veering to the rite like it did .

      1. Rightofthepeople says:

        Nice! Nothing beats the logic of the WOPR!

  2. beta995 says:

    Driver should be FIRED.

    1. Goaterguy says:

      Really… If every driver was fired for mistake driving the roads would be empty… I’m sure you wouldn’t be driving either.

      1. evcarnut says:

        Fired !! Yea..L O L …me too & most people I know….Long ago !…….Human is to error… cheers

      2. Beta995 says:

        That’s not a “mistake” maneuver.
        That’s willful negligence.

        And, yes, if you cross 4 lanes, in heavy traffic, at high speed, you don’t have the sense to be driving.

        1. TomArta says:

          haha – funny – it would be a great law, though, because it would dramatically reduce the amount of traffic on the beltway here in the DC area…15% to 20% of all drivers would have their licenses revoked!

          Based on my observations, we humans are too self-absorbed and risk-friendly to be driving, as a general rule…unless the northeast corridor just attracts a special kind of crazy…

    2. Dan says:

      The reason we need auto pilot is that humans make mistakes.

    3. Nix says:

      Driver should be given a boom truck built by Tesla, with its own collision avoidance system.

      Some day in the future hopefully…

  3. Michael says:

    OMG that is the exit to get to my sisters house in Cleveland. I have nearly been run off the road every time I go there!! It’s a terribly dangerous merging situation. Wish I was in an autonomous Model S instead of my Volt. LOL

  4. scott franco (the evil EV owning republican) says:

    On a lot of big trucks, the visibility is terrible, and the mirrors don’t really help as much as you think. I have had more than one truck driver tell me the ultimate warning system if they make a mistake is to change lanes slowly and listen for a horn.

  5. Anon says:

    Onboard computer be like, “Nooooope!”

  6. SparkEV says:

    Excellent job “ELON”? This is not Elon alone, but a collection of engineers. While Elon gets the headlines, I say excellent job, Tesla engineers! Elon is included in that team for having studied Physics.

    Incidentally, what do you imagine when you see the pyramids? I imagine engineers; engineers are those who apply math and science to the real world, not Pharoahs or slaves.

    1. Anon says:

      On the other hand, those blocks don’t move themselves. 😉

      Slaves / minions / auto workers, do help make someone else’s dreams, come true.

  7. mxs says:

    First of all, terrible driving by the driver … coming of a ramp, no acceleration whatsoever. Instead of getting from a dangerous spot, partially being in truck’s blind spot, he’s busy engaging autopilot.

    This should be the last situation when auto-pilot is on. Wonderful feature, but there will be a lot of dumb drivers very soon, the way things go.

    1. TomArt says:

      Dumb drivers abound – when a state legislature actually has to take the time to write and pass a law to ban cell phone use, such as texting while driving, then we are too stupid to exist.

      A staggering percentage of us humans are too self-absorbed and risk-illiterate to drive.

    2. Steven says:

      Really? You think people have any clue where blind spots are on vehicles merging into traffic a few lanes over? Screw that, I may move over for them if I’m the lane they’re merging into, but if they have a clear lane to go into, I’m not paying any attention to them. I’m following the guy in front of me at a safe distance and speed.

      He wasn’t busy engaging the autopilot, it was already on. The dude merged, then floored it and changed lanes again. I’d have been dead, as this Model S driver likely would have been also, if the autopilot wasn’t on and able to react as fast as it did.

  8. Foo says:

    The headline is wrong: The autopilot prevented the Tesla Model S from colliding with the truck, not the other way around.