WATCH: Tesla’s Autopilot Predicts and Avoids a Car Accident


Video footage taken from the dash cam of a Tesla Model X on Tuesday, December 27, shows the vehicle’s autopilot predicting and avoiding a car accident.

Frank van Hoesel was traveling on a highway in the Netherlands when the Tesla’s Autopilot collision warning sounded.

Tesla’s self-driving system sounded the alarm before van Hoesel saw what was about to happen on the road ahead; the car obscured by the vehicle directly ahead of the Tesla appeared to brake sharply, causing a collision. The Tesla’s warning and automatic brake prevented the electric vehicle from becoming involved.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has previously touted the safety credentials of the cars, claiming the self-driving capabilities are “at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver.”

A blog post from September described how a software update would upgrade Tesla’s autopilot to create a better picture of the world around it using the onboard radar.

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SOURCE: Newsweek, Anthony Cuthbertson

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