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21/10/2015 16:49 BST | Updated 21/10/2015 16:59 BST

Tesla AutoPilot Mode On The Model S Has Been Going 'Rogue' On Some Drivers With Terrifying Consequences

If it's too good to be true, chances are it probably is. That is what Tesla Model S drivers have found out about the car's hyped-up AutoPilot Mode.

Drivers who were experimenting with a hands-off approach found out very quickly that the car still needs a human touch to keep it on track.

YouTuber, RockTreeStar, posted a video of his car on AutoPilot, driving into oncoming traffic after its software was updated.

"After several seconds of successful hands-free driving, I admit I started to ignore the warning to keep my hands on the wheel so that I could record the moment to share with friends," he writes on YouTube.

"That's when all hell broke loose...Shortly after that, another car was coming in my car's direction from the opposite side of the road. I can only guess at what happened next.

"My car apparently thought the oncoming car was supposed to be followed, and suddenly veered to the left, crossing the double-yellow road divider line right into its path.

"Had I not reacted quickly to jerk the steering wheel in the opposite direction, a devastating head-on collision would have occurred."

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Other drivers posted similar videos showing the automated car steering into dangerous territory, almost hitting other vehicles on the road.

However, the feature is still in beta and Tesla's chief executive Elon Musk advised drivers to keep their hands on the wheel, when it launched in October this month.

“We’re being especially cautious at this early stage, so we’re advising drivers to keep their hands on the wheel just in case. The software is very new.”