22 Jul '16, 8pm

Tesla's Autopilot May Have Saved A Life

Tesla's Autopilot May Have Saved A Life

The driver of a Tesla reports that the Autopilot feature in his car stopped him from hitting a pedestrian last Saturday night, in Washington, D.C. The report was included in a message—with the driver’s identifying details blacked out—posted on Twitter by Tesla CEO chief Elon Musk. Musk noted that the story was confirmed by data logs. Image: Elon Musk/Twitter “It was night time, there was a lot of glare from the headlights of oncoming cars, and there was a siren in the distance,” the driver recounts. “We were having trouble figuring out if the siren was coming from behind us or from one of the side roads when a pedestrian stepped out in front of our Model S in the dark with dark clothes and in the middle of the road (not near an intersection). “Before I could step on the brakes the car beeped [a warning] and the picture of a red car came up on my dash. The car slammed on th...

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