Tesla's Autopilot feature may have saved man's life

By Shawn Knight ยท 5 replies
Aug 7, 2016
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  1. Tesla’s Autopilot feature has been the subject of intense scrutiny in recent weeks after it was revealed that the feature was enabled during a fatal accident in Florida back in May. The latest headlining story involving the autonomous driving feature, however, has a much happier ending.

    Late last month, 37-year-old lawyer Joshua Neally got in his new Model X, left his law firm and hit the highway to begin his 45-minute commute to his home in Springfield, Missouri, to celebrate his daughter’s fourth birthday.

    As Slate notes, Neally turned on Autopilot – a decision that may have saved his life.

    About five miles outside of Springfield, Neally felt something tighten in his abdomen. The pain, which he described as feeling like “a steel pole” through his chest, never subsided. Neally said he remembers calling his wife and they both agreed he should go to the emergency room ASAP.

    Neally said he doesn’t remember much of the remaining drive but managed to reroute the Model X to the nearest hospital more than 20 miles away. Once off the highway, he was somehow able to manually drive to the nearby hospital and check himself in.

    Doctors said he suffered a pulmonary embolism, an often fatal blood clot in the body that moves to the lungs. Doctors told him he was lucky to be alive.

    Whether or not the Autopilot feature actually saved his life is debatable as, in retrospect, Neally admits that pulling over and calling for an ambulance might have been the smarter move. Then again, had he been in full control of the vehicle when the first wave of pain hit, he could have easily lost control of the vehicle and crashed. What’s more, waiting for an ambulance in rush hour traffic may have taken longer than him just driving straight to the hospital.

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  2. bmw95

    bmw95 TS Maniac Posts: 199   +164

    Is the autopilot only allowed on highways, or is it allowed in urban city driving as well?
  3. FF222

    FF222 TS Booster Posts: 93   +33

    This sounds like a PR stunt from Tesla to divert attention from bad press about accidents in which AutoPilot's false sense of security and autonomy, and the reliance on them have actually killed or injured people.
    BSim500 likes this.
  4. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    These auto pilot cars are what we expected in the year 2000, the only thing that's missing is the hovering. 8 Years of anti alternative energy and science in general set us back, but were catching up. It's to bad a few generations had creationism class instead of basic science.
  5. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,325   +1,425

    More along the lines of media outlets generating clickbait to profit from human suffering. And it seems that in most auto pilot crashes it isn't the computer that failed, it was a mechanical failure which happens all the time in cars driven by people.

    If anything, this constant slamming of tesla is the automotive industrys attempt to push tesla out of the market and take their part of the future electric vehicle market.
    madboyv1 and ikesmasher like this.
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,020   +2,548

    No, IMHO, that's just a bunch of hype you've accidentally inhaled listening to too many articles where Musk gets to talk.

    The truth is, with the numbers in millions of units the auto industry sells annually, Musk is more like a mosquito to them, than a grizzly bear.

    "Those dirty big car manufacturers are trying to put me out of business". "Oh honey, listen to the way those nasty car makers are treating poor Elon"! "I think our next car should be a Tesla". See how that works?

    Now all you have to do, is wait for Musk to get his new factory built in Shanghai, to be able to afford one. (And so boyz and girlz, Elon takes more American jobs with him, as he "tries to solve the world's problems").
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2016
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