In the Netherlands, dash cam footage from a Tesla shows its autopilot system correctly predicting a car accident. In the footage, a car is seen speeding past the Tesla and then attempting to overtake an SUV in front of it. The Tesla then warns of an incoming crash and automatically locks down the emergency brakes. Moments later, as predicted, the speeding car crashes straight into the SUV.
The owner of the Tesla, Hans Noordsij, claims the vehicle began the braking procedures before he himself could step down on the pedal. “Essentially, no one could predict the accident but the radar did and acted by emergency braking,” said Noordsjj.
Innovator CEO Elon Musk designed the recent upgrades of the Tesla autopilot system, Verison 8.0. While it’s not a full substitute for responsible driving, designers of the system have pledged that it has extraordinary capabilities to save lives.
No one was critically injured in the car crash despite the epic nature of the accident. The dash cam footage can be viewed below. The alarm sound heard in the clip is the autopilot’s Forward Collision Warning beeper ringing before the crash even takes place:
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