Tesla's Autopilot in action: Saving from an accident

Although the Autopilot on this Tesla Model X wasn't activated, the system is always on for safety even when not active.

@LanaJelic
Published Thu, Dec 15 2016 8:28 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:57 AM CST

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that last year there were 6.3 million vehicle crashes in the US. Recently, they said that traffic deaths jumped by 10.4% in the first six months of 2016. The statistics are quite terrifying. Nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year, and as many as 50 million are injured globally.

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Self-driving cars will save millions of lives caused by careless or drunk drivers, and this video posted on YouTube by user Kyle Conner shows that Tesla's Autopilot is already saving lives.

Although the Autopilot on this Tesla Model X wasn't activated, the system is always on for safety even when not active. The footage shows the system warning of a potentially serious accident which alarmed the driver and helped him react in time.

The description on the video says "Automatic Emergency Braking warning kicking in on our Model X to help alert and avoid a potentially serious accident. My dad was driving the car, footage shot on a Blackvue dash cam, and Autopilot was not engaged."

Auto Emergency Braking (AEB) is a vehicle safety technology has the potential to prevent a crash or reduce the impact speed of a crash. AEB can alert the driver to an imminent crash and help them use the maximum braking capacity of the car and apply the brakes independently of the driver if the situation becomes critical.

Lana has a passion for technology and science. She spends her time looking for the latest and most interesting technology and science news. Her passion is in gadgets, wearables, and other cool and interesting applications of technology or science. She also spends her free time gaming in MMOs like World of Warcraft. She has prior experience covering technology for publications and breaking news. If she’s not doing either, you might just find her exploring the metaverse in VR. Lana wants to expand TweakTown’s coverage of mobile, wearables and gadgets while also bringing her experience with science and general tech to TweakTown. Her area of coverage is around science, technology, smartphones, wearables, and general neat gadgets. She hopes to one day be able to drive around in her self-driving car while she schedules an appointment for a SpaceX trip to the moon on her smartwatch.

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