Tesla Motors Inc has every reason to be proud of its Model S sedan. Not only is the company’s flagship EV a multi-award winning, luxury item but it repeatedly proves itself as a better performer than most of its rivals too. But Elon Musk and his revolutionary car brand has always placed something else far above the elegance and sportiness of it cars. This would be safety on all aspects.
Tesla Model S Autopilot saves driver from crashing
This month, the opulent Model S has showed us that it is truly the safest car on the road. So safe, in fact, that you don’t even have to have to have your hands on the wheel to keep the car from crashing. Video footage emerged this month depicting an Ohio-based vlogger, Joshua Brown taking his Model S sedan out for a ride. Little did he expected that taking his car out for a spin that day might have been hazardous for him and his Model S were it not for his EV’s Autopilot tech.
While cruising down the interstate, Brown was nearly side-swiped by a truck that had rashly joined the same road. The driver of the truck failed to notice the Model S alongside him and quickly switched lanes in order to catch the next off ramp. Brown too says he had no time to react and could has been crushed by the larger vehicle. Lucky though, Tesla’s Autopilot immediately took over the car’s steering and swerved the car to the right.
Brown recounts the event captured in the footage: “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,” he begins. “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 was on duty with Autopilot engaged. I became aware on the danger when Tessy alerted me with the ‘immediately take over’ warning chime and the car swerving to right to avoid the side collision.”
It is truly nail-biting account that could have gone very badly had Mr. Brown been in another car at the time. Fortunately for Mr. Brown though, he was in the ever-alert Model S sedan. The car’s self-driving capabilities have once again proven that incorporating safety tech in our vehicles can help prevent numerous mishaps on the road.
Brown has clearly named his car Tessy, much like you would a trusty steed. He says he has done a lot of testing of the car’s Autopilot features and other software but hadn’t got the chance to test the EV’s side collision avoidance. Brown has had his Tesla for just under a year now.
Elon Musk said in December that autonomous Tesla cars can be made available by around 2017. He said the challenge would be a tough one, but it is very possible to get completely safe self-driving cars ready by then with enough people involved.
Other tech giants, too, believe in the life-saving and road safety-enhancing capacity of self-driving cars. The like of Google and Apple Inc. have repeatedly made headlines in regards to their own self-driving car endeavors. Google is currently making headway with congress, trying to lessen the restrictions on self-driving cars in states across America.
There has been a number of policies in certain states set against the acceptance of self-driving cars on U.S. Roads. Hopefully, events like Brown’s can go a long way towards proving the life-saving benefits of autonomous cars.