Tesla Model S Automatic Emergency Braking test 1

Tesla Model S Automatic Emergency Braking test 1

Tesla Model S Automatic Emergency Braking test 1 - result

Tesla Model S Automatic Emergency Braking test 1 - result

The Tesla Model S' automatic emergency braking is an important safety feature, although it doesn't seems that it works in all instances, at least according to tests conducted by Bjørn Nyland and Jørgen Winther-Larsen .

Despite "autopilot" features, the Tesla is helpless against the styrofoam wall on the road. And because these tests only use styrofoam, we don't have any proof that the computer will save you against other obstacles, but then again perhaps the Styrofoam (and other like materials) itself is the issue.

"Jørgen Winther-Larsen and I test what happens if we try to drive a Model S with autopilot features towards a storyfoam wall. It's supposed to brake automatically when detecting an obstacle."

Maybe the obstacle was to small? Well, test two with a larger wall also resulted in a fail:

Tesla Model S Automatic Emergency Braking test 2

Tesla Model S Automatic Emergency Braking test 2

Tesla Model S Automatic Emergency Braking test 2 - result

Tesla Model S Automatic Emergency Braking test 2 - result

Test number 3 - chickened

Test number 4 - with car

If there is a car ahead, automatic emergency braking works. It appears nore tests and real world reports are needed to make sure that it's a reliable feature.

Tesla Model S Automatic Emergency Braking test 4 - now works

Tesla Model S Automatic Emergency Braking test 4 - now works

Editor's Note:  Original YouTube video (below) from which the story/picture for this article was formed has now been removed by Bjørn for unknown reasons