I think this officially qualifies as absolutely insane.
Much has been said about the Tesla autopilot system. The fact that it’s called “autopilot” is a massive argument in and of itself, but that’s a topic for another time and, even more likely, another writer. The technology behind the much talked about system is pretty fascinating and looks totally insane when it’s piloting a car completely on its own. Here’s a quick 2 minute clip of a Model S driving itself.
But this is only the tip of the iceberg. The autopilot can also apparently emergency brake, even when there is an imminent crash about to happen ahead of you. Don’t believe me? Here’s the proof.
Original video, authorisation 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
According to reports, this happened near Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Moments before the crash you can hear the emergency braking signal, see that car dive under braking, and potentially saving the driver’s life. If the driver was not paying attention, they may have kept going and plowed head on into that crash. It also potentially saved the lives of some around the crash as a chain reaction was prevented.
This is all speculation, but the reality is that the autopilot system saved this Model S, and it’s driver, from a very bad situation. Unreal.