Tesla is fond of talking about the safety potential of its own Autopilot and approaching driving technologies that are autonomous, but it’s uncommon that we get the opportunity to see them in actions possibly saving lives. That’s the instance with this particular video of Tesla’s Autopilot 8.0 software in actions, which uses radar tech to be able to see around objects that would block a human motorist’s field of vision.
In this case, the Tesla Forward Collision Warning system (which sends an audible alarm when a motorist may be in danger of crashing into something ahead of the vehicle) sounds before you can even see the car immediately in front of the motorist’s Tesla Model X braking. Why? It seems to have sensed the SUV in front of that vehicle coming to a sudden stop, which the smaller vehicle which ends up rear ended it did not find in time.
This seems like it could’ve been a prime candidate for a pileup, including the Model X that captured the video, but instead as the dashcam footage shows, the vehicle not only alerted the motorist about the potential collision but even began employing its crisis braking system before he himself could react and do thus. The result is that the Model X discontinues well back of the collision (in which all parties luckily turned out to be fine, past the automobile damage).
Previous footage shot by Tesla drivers have shown other safety features, including how its instantaneous acceleration can help avert the kind of rear ending that happens to the other vehicle ahead of the Tesla in this video. Tesla CEO Elo Musk additionally plans to field complete autonomy in test ability by the end of 2017, which the company believes will help foster its security possibility even further..