Tesla Model X on Autopilot saves driver from collision with swerving semi

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  1. simonalvarez0987

    simonalvarez0987 Active Member

    Dec 21, 2017


    A Tesla owner is thanking his Model X’s Autopilot system on Tuesday, after his electric car saved him from what could have been a major side collision with a swerving semi truck.

    The driver of the Model X, Jeremy Visnesky, uploaded the dashcam footage of the incident on YouTube. According to Jeremy, he was driving with Autopilot engaged on I-95 south through NC when a semi-trailer came way too close for comfort while it was overtaking him. What’s worse, the driver of the truck appeared to lose control of the massive ICE vehicle for a moment, causing the long-hauler to swerve into his Model X’s driving lane.

    [​IMG][​IMG]A Tesla Model X on Autopilot avoids a near collision with a swerving semi truck. [Credit: Jeremy Visnesky/YouTube]

    Fortunately for the Tesla owner, the Model X’s Autopilot detected the truck’s behavior just in time. As soon as the truck began to swerve, Autopilot intervened, steering the electric SUV away from the semi-trailer. As soon as the driver of the truck was able to gain control, the driver-assist system guided the Model X back into its original driving lane.

    In the video description of his YouTube video, Jeremy stated that if Autopilot had not reacted the way it did, he would have been sideswiped by the swerving truck.

    “I-95 south driving through NC and a semi decided to nod off or play with his phone or something. Had Autopilot not have bolted to the side, I’m pretty sure he would have hit me,” the Model X owner wrote.

    Just last month, we covered a near-accident involving a Tesla Model S on Autopilot saving its driver from a head-on collision in Switzerland. During that particular incident, the Model S was traveling at 50 mph when it detected a Ford Kuga overtaking a tractor in a daring maneuver. To the shock of the Model S driver, however, a Volkswagen Beetle was actually behind the Kuga, and it, too, was pushing to overtake the tractor. Thanks to the Model S’ forward collision warnings, however, the Tesla driver was able to react appropriately and avoid what could have been a catastrophic head-on collision.

    In a post on the r/TeslaMotors subreddit, the Model S owner stated that he was particularly impressed with his vehicle’s suite of sensors, which were able to identify that a car was out of its lane even before it became visible to him.

    “The AP was well aware of the Kuga being in MY lane at that distance! The radar alone can’t tell if the echo is in the correct lane (any normal oncoming traffic) or not,” the Model S owner wrote.

    In the case of the recent incident, the Model X’s steering intervention ultimately became the factor that determined if the electric SUV would get sideswiped or not. While this is impressive, however, the Model X’s Owner’s Manual states that drivers should not rely only on steering interventions to avoid side collisions.

    Watch Jeremy Visnesky’s Model X avoid a swerving semi-trailer in the video below.

    Article: Tesla Model X on Autopilot saves driver from collision with swerving semi
  2. beesiler

    beesiler Guest

    It could be that similar AP maneuver but to the other direction in order to avoid swerving vehicle on the left caused the fatal Model X crash last month that is being investigated by NTSB. One of the cases where AP should be able to choose which move is less risky - this is already not that easy.
  3. joeski1

    joeski1 Member

    Dec 15, 2016
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    #3 joeski1, Apr 27, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2018
    All these claims are just hearsay ..laced with horse manure....

    To conclude that an attentive driver would not have been able to avoid a collision in most of these claims is just NOT justified UNLESS that particular MV operator is readily willing to admit incompetence as such and also further reaffirm to such a subsequent low level of confidence in themselves as motor vehicle operators and thus then more faith in mid life semi - operational technology to be their life saviour .. a peril filled premise I will NEVER consider.

    Which begs me to ask?

    Who qualified such a driver to be fit to operate a vehicle on our public highways such that they have so little faith in their capabilities as to trust and believe some electronic gizmos with their lives and the lives of the occupants of all the vehicles around them?..

    "This system saved my life!"

    "I could have been in a collision!"

    Easy to claim this in 20/20 hindsight if one has already admitted to limited driving skills..

    Think about it.

    Autopilot hasn't saved my vehicle or me from a collison or my life or for that matter , anyone else's on the road in proximity to me as I travel once.

    That is an umitagated fact. NOT hearsay mixed with horse manure.

  4. Michael Russo

    Michael Russo Moderator

    Dec 16, 2016
    Pau, France
    @joeski1 , it’s again one of those cases where the truth is somewhere in between...
    In the case of the Model X avoiding the swerving semi truck, we have a video recording, which, IMHO, should qualify as more than hearsay... ;)
    To say that AP will save your life in all near miss collision avoidance scenarii is as nonsensical as to claim there will be no instances where AP will help.

    As we’ve discussed many times already, no T≡SLA driver is obligated to use the AP functionality if they don’t want to; heck, unless you got it ‘for free’ on a CPO (like, lucky me... :D) you’re not even obligated to tick the box upon ordering! Equally true is the fact that, if you drive with Autopilot on, you have to remain attentive pretty much at all times...

    No need to be black or white... Midnight Silver is much better! :)

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