"Autopilot Saved My Life" Anecdote Wins Retweet From Elon Musk

By Gary Cutlack on at

Good news for Tesla is echoing around the internet today, after a US driver claimed that his Autopilot-controlled Tesla used its advanced traffic prediction algos to hammer on the brakes and save his life when a road turned bad.

Of course, we have no idea if that's true or not, as it happened in real life and not a video game, so we can't start the trip again and choose the other option to see what might've happened. However, the driver seems convinced that his car DID avert an accident after an obscured vehicle hammered on the brakes and everything came to a halt before he'd really even realised what was going on.

Tesla owner Wineborg explained: "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."

Perhaps if he didn't have the self-driving thing engaged he'd have been paying a bit more attention to the road and wouldn't have died anyway. Perhaps he might've just broken his legs or been safely thrown out of the vehicle onto the grass verge. We'll never know. Tesla boss Elon Musk is presumably printing this one out and sticking it on his wall, as he's already handed the lucky driver the ultimate endorsement -- a retweet from his personal account. [Tesla via Twitter]

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