Now Tesla's Autopilot Takes the Credit for Saving a Man's Life

By Gary Cutlack on at

A man from Missouri in the US is claiming to have had his life literally saved thanks to Tesla's self-driving features, after he felt the telltale horror rumblings of a pulmonary embolism while driving -- so let his car take over the majority of the cruise to the nearest hospital.

This miracle journey saw 37-year old Model X driver Joshua Neally activate his car's autopilot tools for the 20-mile highway cruise, before he switched it off and managed the end of the journey himself. He says he's not sure what would've happened had he not been in a posh self-awar car from the future, although in all likelihood he'd have pulled over and called for an ambulance. So may well have been fine even if he was in a 2005 Toyota.

Neally's totally convinced self-driving cars are the future, particularly for people with poor health, telling his local news site that: "If something like that happens where I become unconscious or incapacitated while I'm driving, I'm not going to cross over the interstate and slam into somebody or slam into one of the big rock walls," which is quite a good selling point to be honest. [KY3 via TechCrunch]


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