Tesla's autopilot tech safely transports human to a hospital 20 miles away

by Linda Olson August 9, 2016, 0:31
Tesla's autopilot tech safely transports human to a hospital 20 miles away

After Neally's vehicle took over, he manually drove his auto into the parking lot and went into the emergency room. Mr. Neally thought that going to the hospital with autopilot in control of the auto was quicker rather than calling for an ambulance.

A driver was on the road in Springfield, Missouri when he unexpectedly suffered a pulmonary embolism and his Tesla vehicle drove him to the hospital.

"It was the most excruciating pain I've ever had", Mr Neally told KY3.

Neally's health scare occurred about three months after a Tesla driver in Florida was killed when his self-driving vehicle crashed into a semi truck. Yet again, Tesla Motors stresses that Autopilot is an experimental feature created to work exclusively on highways where traffic is predictable and the auto can easily coordinate itself. Neally is now recovering from the incident, and doctors are amazed, saying he was lucky to survive it while driving.

Research groups at a handful of global institutions have come together to unmask some of the vulnerabilities of Tesla's Autopilot driver's assist technology.

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Despite Tesla Motors Inc.'s (NASDAQ:TSLA) claim that the Autopilot is a life-saving technology, it has been smashed by the media after the first fatality of the autonomous driving system, only to be followed by a few more non-fatal accidents.

A Missouri man might not have made it safely to the hospital without the aid of his Tesla Model X's self-driving features (via Slate).

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. Ordinarily, it randomizes the data it collects from its cars as they operate in Autopilot mode in order to protect the privacy of its customers.

Luo Zhen, the Tesla driver, told China Daily the auto kept going forward, but did not conform to the car's claimed priority reaction of automatically following the vehicle in front which switched lane to avoid a collision. As Slate points out, Neally's story is unusual because it isn't something that happens every day.

The local news agency provides more: "So he trusted the self-driving Tesla to stay on the road, until it got near a hospital".

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