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Tesla Model S Saves Its Driver From Disaster By Automatically Swerving To Avoid Truck

13/04/2016 09:48

Autonomous cars might seem terrifying but here is a singular piece of proof that not only are they our friends, but they're probably better drivers than we are.

Tesla Model S owner Joshua Brown was able to capture on video the moment his car averted disaster by automatically swerving out of the way of an impending collision.

This owner's Model S (or 'Tessy' as he calls it) was driving itself down the highway using Tesla's revolutionary new Autopilot feature.

Unaware that a large maintenance truck was on his left, Brown would have been involved in a potentially serious accident had the car not intervened.

As the truck suddenly started swerving into the Tesla's lane the car immediately sounded the collision alarm telling the driver to take control while simultaneously swerving out of the way of the truck. 

Tesla Model S

In seconds the car had calculated the speed of the truck, the distance and then moved itself to a safe distance before returning to the highway.

Writing in the description of the video Brown said: "I have done a lot of testing with the sensors in the car and the software capabilities. I have always been impressed with the car, but I had not tested the car's side collision avoidance. I am VERY impressed. Excellent job Elon!"

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Tesla's Autopilot mode working on the highway.

Autopilot essentially allows the car to drive itself on highways by utilising an army of sensors aboard the car to give it 360-degrees of visibility.

As well as keeping the car in lane Autopilot also has a range of safety features installed which allow it to brake for you or even, in this case, swerve out of the way of an impending accident.

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