Tesla Model 3 Owner Claims Autopilot Helped Him Avoid Motorway Crash

A Tesla Model 3 owner has posted a pair of videos online which he claims show the vehicle’s Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system avoiding a potential collision.

The footage was captured by the rear-facing camera near the driver’s side door, while the front-facing camera also caught the near-miss.

As the electric sedan travels down the highway, a black Chevrolet pickup truck moves past it in the carpool lane. Moments later, the rear-facing camera shows the Model 3 swerving around the Chevrolet pickup which is now facing in the opposite direction to the flow of traffic. A look at the front-facing camera reveals that the driver of the pickup was caught-out by slowing traffic and, while attempting to emergency brake, the pickup’s rear slid out and nearly performed an 180-degree spin.

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What’s impressive is just how quickly Autopilot was to react, if it was indeed activated. The moment the pickup starts to spin around into the lane occupied by the Tesla, the car steers around the pickup before returning to the center of the lane.

We have no doubt that an attentive driver would have been able to avoid this accident as well, but it’s nice to know that the semi-autonomous system handled this one quite nicely by itself

This video, like many others involving Autopilot, does capture some pretty eye-opening scenes and, if anything, does show that Tesla’s driving assistance system might not be perfect just yet, but is continuously improving.


  • dumblikeyou2

    Somehow, without sound, it makes it hard to fully trust this.

    • HN

      “without sound”
      Tesla cameras are working to capture the actions outside the car without audio. Why they need to record the audio outside the car ?

      “trust this” Where in the video that shows this is a faked one ?

      • dumblikeyou2

        I don’t know, but I don’t remember asking why Tesla’s cameras don’t capture sound. Do you? You gotta answer for that, genius?

        • HN

          Who said this “without sound”?
          The video is from camera so if the sound is recorded then it would from part of the camera.

          “it makes it hard to fully trust this”
          This is a faked video ?

          • dumblikeyou2

            Yes, I agree with you, this is a faked video.

  • Mr. EP9

    Meanwhile a bunch of other owners crashed while theirs was enabled.

    • HN

      What are the accident percentage of Tesla car with autopilot compares with general cars of all types ?

      A bunch of idiots are causing accidents everywhere, not the Tesla Autopilot.

  • bxniels0

    I didn’t realise cars could actually do that.
    I know they can read lane markings and that they can do emergency braking, including for cross traffic. But I didn’t realise they could actually “swerve” to avoid objects yet.

    • HN

      “I didn’t realise cars could actually do that.”

      Testa Autopilot is improved every month.

  • salamOOn

    in a long long history, like 10 years ago, a driver would do that on his own….. some of them are still among us and still can drive a car like they should.

  • TRB0T0Y

    What in blue blazes…!? Tesla’s ‘Autopilot’ actually avoided a crash, instead of causing one?!
    First time for everything I guess. I suppose there were no fire trucks or medians around for the thing to hit, while the owner was busy Instatwitting or catching a power nap.

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