Car Hauler Full of Tesla Vehicles Nearly Hit By Bus – Video

3 months ago by Steven Loveday 48

As you can see in the video, the car hauler, stocked with Tesla vehicles, has to leave the road and drive on the shoulder, almost grazing the concrete dividers.

Bus Forces The Tesla Car Hauler Off the Road To Avoid Accident

Bus Forces The Tesla Car Hauler Off the Road To Avoid Accident

After the driver of the County Connection commuter bus quickly crossed three lanes of traffic, it moved directly into the right lane, with the car hauler in the blind spot. Fortunately, the driver of the transporter was paying close attention and was able to react and avoid a catastrophe.

One would hope that a truck carrying a mix of six Tesla Model X SUVs and Model S sedans, would be on the ball. The products on the truck would easily clear the half million dollar mark, and would be devastating to replace.

A driver of a Nissan Altima caught the footage on a dashcam. It seems more and more people are employing dashcams for various reasons, and fortunately, we end up with footage like this. Accidents caused by human error, such as this, don’t get much attention these days, because people’s mistakes and bad choices account for nearly every accident.

Due to the quick lane switching by the bus, and the large blind spot, it’s clear that the driver did not notice the large hauler. This is a case where sensors, such as simple blind spot monitors, could have alerted the driver, or autonomous technology may have been able to keep the bus in its lane, sensing that there was an obstruction present.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk hopes that one day, trucks and buses such as these, will have safe, autonomous technology.

Source: Teslarati

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51 responses to "Car Hauler Full of Tesla Vehicles Nearly Hit By Bus – Video"

  1. jsantinc@videotron.ca says:

    See how autopilot reacted?

    …..off

    1. Ocean Railroader says:

      I think if there is no one watching the truck with a $500,000 dollar cargo I think someone would try stealing it. You could hack into the truck’s auto system and turn off the cameras and then have the truck drive itself to your hide out. Then strip the truck of it’s valuables and then have the truck drive into a lake or back to the factory.

      A human would at least question were it’s going if it’s going off course.

      1. Will Davis says:

        Yeah, but autopilot isn’t anywhere near that stage of advancement yet, and there’s a good bet by the time it is, security will be far tighter, too.

  2. MarkT says:

    We installed 2 dash cams in our vehicles. Had an issue where a driver backed into our vehicle while we were parked, then later claimed we rear ended them.

    Dashcams start from $50 and will be installed on all my vehicles going forward as cheap liability insurance.

  3. vin says:

    Which inexpensive dash cams do you recommend or did you go with? At $50 the entertainment value alone would be worth it.

    1. MarkT says:

      Tons on Amazon. Just read the reviews.

  4. cycleogical says:

    Trucks are limited to 55 MPH as specified in California Vehicle Code 22406. This Tesla semi driver is clearly speeding in the slow lane of I680 with a full load. This Truck driver does this regularly. Tesla should speak with this truck driver.

    1. vin says:

      Looks like he didn’t back off like the drivers in the other lanes did. To me it seems he had plenty of time to see that bus and predict its intentions. Almost looks like he sped up. But that’s just me… maybe I see too much of that kind of behavior on a daily basis.

      1. sven says:

        No, it’s not you. You’re comment was right on the money.

        You can tell by the way the truck driver honks his horn that he wasn’t trying to tell the bus driver to “Hey, watch out, I’m in your blind spot.” That was the honking of an aggressive truck driver experiencing road rage telling the bus driver to “Get the #%$* out of MY lane I’m coming though! And I don’t give a $#!+ that you’re already in MY lane into the lane! Move the #%$* back over to the other lane!” Then as the truck driver passes the bus he probably flipped the bird to the bus driver and had a few choice words for him.

        1. Bobby Dazzler says:

          Yep, headline should be:
          “Car Hauler Full of Tesla Vehicles Fails to Yield For Bus”

        2. mx says:

          Yep. Not only that but he pulls onto the shoulder and blows the horn continuously, instead of Taking his foot off the gas and allowing a safe merger.

          WHY WE NEED AI IN TRUCKS.

        3. Djoni says:

          He didn’t speed up because you can see all the other car vanished and it’s impossible they all accelerate.
          The bus driver change lane and brake, lifting his brake light, flash and merge quickly at the same time, cutting the lane of the truck driver.
          The truck driver could have been defensive because the bus is pretty easy to see and so are his flasher, but that didn’t give the bus driver the right of way.
          IMO, both are fault, reckless move by the bus driver an aggressive behavior from the truck driver.
          Many accident occur this way.

          1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

            That’s correct, the car hauler did not speed up. You can tell if you watch the “dotted line” stripes on the road, and time them as the hauler passes them.

            But neither did the hauler slow down. The driver clearly was not practicing defensive driving. I know those big rig drivers hate to slow down on the highway, because it takes them awhile to get back up to speed. But driving off onto the shoulder to avoid slowing is, if not reckless driving, at least not safe driving.

            1. sven says:

              Nope, the car hauler definitely did speed up. You can tell by watching the apparent direction of rotation of the wheel lugs on the car hauler’s front wheel. The shutter speed of the camera makes it appear that the lugs and wheel are slowly rotating backward. I forget name of this camera-effect/optical illusion (something shutter sync?). The wheels can also appear to rotate slowly forward or appear to not rotate at all and be still depending on there speed of rotation in relation to the speed of the camera shutter.

              You can clearly see that the lugs are rotating slowly forward, and then when the bus tries to move into the truck’s lane the lugs stop rotating, and then suddenly change their direction of rotation and start to quickly rotate backwards (as the truck appears to speed up). That positively indicates that the truck sped up, changing the sync between the camera shutter speed and rotation of the wheel and lugs.

              1. Djoni says:

                Sven, your asynchrony assumption is not very telling.
                It might just be a little speed change, up or down, that will produce this view, but if you watch all the other traffic, you pretty much see them getting distance and because it’s unlikely that they all speed up at the same exact time, it’s more logical to think that it’s because the truck slow down.
                You have the impression of accelerating because the bus is slowing faster.
                Anyway, not a good driving habit for those two.

                1. sven says:

                  Damn you Djoni, you’re right! 😉 And as much as it pains me to say it, that means Pushmi-Pullyu is also right. I got it backwards! On film, forwards to stationary to backwards wheel rotation means that the wheel is slowing down.

                  The visual effect I was talking about is called “wagon-wheel effect.” The YouTube video below explains it in great detail. If you go to 3:00 into the video it explains when a wheel will look stationary on film, then at 3:30 it says if the wheel speeds up it will appear to rotate forward, and if the wheel slows down it will appear to rotate backwards.

                  https://youtu.be/SFbINinFsxk?t=180

                  In the video of the car carrier the wheel was first rotating forwards then it stopped rotating and looked stationary, which according to the video above means the wheel slowed down. The stationary wheel then starts rotating backwards, which according to the video above the wheel slowed down even more.

                  Here’s another link explaining “wagon wheel effect.”
                  http://io9.gizmodo.com/why-do-wheels-sometimes-appear-to-spin-backwards-1593807400

      2. Martin Winlow says:

        I agree – the truck driver was clearly just being silly – dangerously so. Why would he not brake rather than just take to the hard shoulder? He might have felt justified in honking at the bus driver but the bus driver wasn’t being arrogant in his manoeuvre – unlike the truck driver. In fact he signalled early and clearly and, did not (in my view and contrary to the article’s authors’ one) move ‘quickly’ over towards lane 1. The truck driver was just being an arris.

  5. Kdawg says:

    I looks like one of the side mirrors got swiped off. See the white bouncing object.

    1. ffbj says:

      True, though I think the bus driver was at fault.

  6. buu says:

    how retards like this gets to drive buses…

    1. mx says:

      Watch the video.
      The bus driver was wrong, the truck driver was INSANE.

  7. JIMIJON says:

    Retards Driving Buses & Trucks is the Reason there are so many Hi-way accident related Deaths ..ie: the last Model S death, where the Truck Driver made a Careless Left turn into the Tesla’s pathway..

    1. Daniel says:

      Go spend a full shift of 500 to 600 mile days driving a fully laden tractor trailer rig. Then come back and tell me what you think about your blanket statement. And how you view the behavior of the cars on the road with you.

      Or find a source to corroborate said statement? I’ll be here waiting. Until then please don’t spread FUD.

      1. Clive says:

        The Tesla hauler was not a great example of what to do correctly, the person driving the 40 foot long bus, needs a new career. Idiot bus driver.

      2. mx says:

        You’ll find the job easier if you get it in your head you’re “cruising” to your destination, don’t own the road, it doesn’t belong to you, and it’s not a race.

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          Yeah. I assume most professional truck drivers habitually drive safely, because if they don’t, then they won’t maintain a safe driving record and won’t be driving a big rig for long.

          But in my decades of driving I’ve certainly encountered a few — fortunately not many — aggressively driven 18-wheelers whose drivers seemed to have the attitude that they own the road and everybody else had better get out of their way, or they’ll be crushed under their wheels. And I’ve heard similar stories from others, so I doubt my own experience is unusual.

          A-holes can probably be found in every profession.

    2. Ocean Railroader says:

      Another thing the techies often over look about truck diving is a lot of truck drivers are the only one who unloads the truck when it gets to it’s location. Is the driver is the one who unloads the truck.

      1. Nick says:

        That sounds trivial to solve.

        Just hire a handful of local employees to unload the autonomous trailer when it arrives.

        Better to switch trailers to eliminate dead time, since the truck does not need to sleep. These vehicles might be able to clock 500k miles a year.

        1. mr. M says:

          500k miles a year is a pretty high number but it might be possible.

          Going 24/7/365 with 80 mph results in 700k miles. So that is probably the legal maximum. I expect something more like 20/7/330 (4 hours loading/unloading, 35 days maintenance) going at 70 mph average. That will yield in 462k miles.

  8. Charbar says:

    Truck driver lays on the horn and accelerates up the shoulder (likely in a effort to “communicate” with the bus driver) instead of driving defensively and applying brakes. This was clearly an act of road rage on part of semi truck driver. Extremely dangerous maneuver. Imagine if there were any vehicles sitting on the shoulder. They’d have been toast.

    1. Fabian says:

      Agreed.

    2. John M says:

      Yep, if you look at the trucks brake lights, he only starts braking long after he moved to the shoulder.

  9. Heisenberghtbacktotherootsandnuts says:

    Humans make mistakes all day every day, the reasons are diverse and sometimes involve stress… It’s pointless to try to find out whose of those two drivers faults it was… Two human drivers on the same road are two too many…

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Actually that video quite clearly shows the bus driver was at fault, for failing to yield right of way when changing lanes. With that video evidence, the bus driver would have been held entirely responsible if there had been an accident.

      But as someone already said, the driver of the car hauler was an idiot. People driving for a living, especially ones who drive big rigs, should drive responsibly, which means defensively. He quite clearly was not.

  10. Ocean Railroader says:

    I kind of think Elon Musk’s comment about autonomous technology stopping this was kind of arrogant. the reason is the truck driver saved the cargo on board the truck by being unpredictable.

    And that bus was going to go plowing into anything in it’s way. Considering the bus crossed like four lanes of traffic wanting to go were ever it wanted to go regardless of what was in the way.

    I also feel that silicon valley is going to do everything it can make life a lot worse for us humans in the future.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Ocean Railroader said:

      “…the truck driver saved the cargo on board the truck by being unpredictable.”

      Uh, no, the cargo on the car carrier was saved out of sheer luck. The driver of that carrier certainly did not avoid an accident by driving “unpredictably”… which I guess is your euphemism for his aggressive, unsafe driving.

      An autonomous truck would have simply slowed down to avoid a collision with the bus crowding into his lane. Hopefully the “robot” driver would also have sounded the truck’s horn… but only a couple of moderately brief toots, to warn the bus driver of his unsafe driving; not in a continuous blast of the air horn as an aggressive declaration that “This lane belongs to me, so get out of it!”

  11. Fred Gibutr says:

    Why is someone following a car carrier? Bus drivers drive badly – not news.

    1. Clive says:

      Slow news day no doubt.

      Regardless if you watch the video.

      The car recording is NOT following the truck, actually is one lane over and was simply able to capture a great angle.

  12. John M says:

    “Due to the quick lane switching by the bus, and the large blind spot, it’s clear that the driver did not notice the large hauler. This is a case where sensors, such as simple blind spot monitors, could have alerted the driver, or autonomous technology may have been able to keep the bus in its lane, sensing that there was an obstruction present.”

    Have you ever seen the size of the mirrors in a bus?! And the size of the truck?! It’s IMPOSSIBLE that the truck was in his blind spot and he didn’t see it, he only judged that the gap was big enough that the truck would let him in, but the truck accelerated to close the gap and deny him.

    1. Clive says:

      Not exactly…

      That bus has windows on all sided.

      #Douchebagbusdriverdenied

  13. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    Obviously the bus driver has invested his 401(k) in shorting TSLA stock! 😉

    1. Clive says:

      Haha love it

  14. Nick says:

    Top YouTube comment nails it.

    “Gotta love YouTube comments: bus crosses 3 lanes of traffic and slams his brakes in front of truck and it’s the truck drivers fault. /eyeroll”

  15. Oswald says:

    This is not EV news, when you tag things under Tesla I want to read about the company, not a truck that had to swerve on the highway…

    1. vin says:

      But this is about the company, isn’t it? Perhaps the article should be titled “Tesla transporter piloted by road rage in a last-minute effort to boost Q3 deliveries”

      🙂

  16. MDEV says:

    I wonder the comments from consumers reports about Tesla and this news accident. My guess change the autopilot name.

  17. abc123 says:

    So I guess in parts of the US, drivers do not have to, by law, yield to commuter buses?

    In BC, Canada, if a bus signals to enter your lane, you MUST yield by slowing down and letting it enter or face a fine… and if you get into an accident, it’s your fault. This law was put into effect because the buses were not able to get back into traffic at the bus stop because nobody wanted to let a slow moving vehicle in front of them.

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