New Tesla Autopilot Avoids Accident Looking A Car Ahead

Posted: Oct 19 2016, 5:13am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 19 2016, 11:15am CDT , in Cars & Vehicles


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New Tesla Autopilot Avoids Accident Looking A Car Ahead
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The new radar based Autopilot shows off.

Tesla's Autopilot usually only makes negative headlines. A new report by a Tesla Model X driver is highlighting the power of the new radar based Autopilot 8.0. The Tesla driver reports about how Autopilot prevented a rear-end collision.

Autopilot avoided the collision by noticing the car stopping in front of another car. This is exactly what Tesla described the new radar based system could do.

"It happened last Friday afternoon when I drove to Pocono for the weekend. I was on Autopilot driving eastbound on I-78 (a 2-lane divided highway with grass median) near Allentown, a normal traffic flow at 65-70 mph on a 55mph zone. All of a sudden, my MX braked very hard with some rapid beeping sounds, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee in front of me swing to the grass median. My MX stopped less than 2 car length away from a Toyota in front and the Cherokee definitely would have hit the Toyota if it didn't go to the median. All these went so fast and I didn't have time to process what exactly happened until all came to stops.

It turned out traffic came to a complete stop because of an accident on the opposite direction of I-78, and Cherokee probably didn't notice the slow down traffic until the last minute. However, new V8.0 AP in MX spotted the Toyota in front of the Cherokee using radar and applied the hard brake. I really can't see Toyota at all until Cherokee was out of way. If I was driving, it will definitely be too late to apply the brake and I would have rear-ended the Toyota.

I just updated my MX to V8.0 the Friday before, and it worked flawlessly for me this time. Not sure what can happen if I was still on V7.1. Thanks Elon !!! "

Elon Musk took notice of the post on TelsaMotorClub. Good thing the Tesla Model X driver has updated his Autopilot.

The video below tests the autopilot's ability to detect the second car ahead breaking. It does indeed work great.

Tesla's autopilot got under fire in Germany. The government urges Tesla to not call it autopilot. I somehow agree. How about guardian angel?

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