Thanks to its autonomous driving software, this Tesla Model 3 would have avoided a serious accident by detecting the approach of a vehicle that had burned out.
Unlike Mercedes-Benz, Tesla has so far failed to get its autonomous driving software duly approved. While the German manufacturer now allows in Germany to let his car drive alone up to 60 km / h on the highway, Tesla’s Autopilot is still in the experimental phase. Unlike the Mercedes-Benz system, it aims to make the vehicle autonomous in all driving conditions and still requires development.
Tesla also relies on voluntary “beta testers”, who use the 100% autonomous version of Autopilot while remaining attentive behind the wheel to correct errors (still numerous for the moment). And in the video below, it is precisely a Tesla Model 3 equipped with this famous experimental 100% autonomous Autopilot which would have made it possible to avoid a very serious accident.
The system saw the danger coming
As the Tesla Model 3 moved forward at the green light, a large pickup ran the red light in the other lane. The electric sedan’s Autopilot would have seen it coming before the driver, applying the brakes immediately. In this way, the shock was much less serious: if the Tesla had continued to move forward, the pick-up would have struck it at the level of the driver’s door.