Tue Dec 4, 2018, 08:31 AM

Tesla autopilot saves driver after he fell asleep at wheel on the freeway

In an exciting first, the autopilot feature in a Tesla car managed to save rather than kill its occupant.

At 0300 PT on Friday, the highway patrol pulled alongside at grey Tesla Model S travelling at 70 miles an hour on a freeway down toward Silicon Valley and noticed that driver – 45-year-old Alexander Samek – appeared to be fast asleep.

So the police car pulled behind the Tesla and flashed its lights and siren in an effort to wake him up. He didn't budge – most likely because he was dead drunk – the police said in a statement he "was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol."

The officers figured that since the car was following the freeway lanes – rather than the veering and swerving you'd expect if no one was driving – that the Tesla's "driver assist" feature was on and so did a very smart thing: They maneuvered in front of the car and then gradually slowed down, finally coming to a stop in the lane.

The officers then tried to rouse Samek by banging on the window and shouting at him – he eventually woke up at which point they quickly determined he was intoxicated and arrested him. An officer then drove the car off the freeway.

Highlighting just how incredibly lucky Samek is to be alive, back in March, a Tesla autopilot was responsible for killing its sober and conscious driver when it got confused and accelerated into a barrier when the same highway split.

That deadly crash was only four miles from where Samek was pulled over – and he would have reached the exact same spot three minutes later if the cops hadn't intervened.

Of course, this being Tesla the fact that the car continued to zoom along the freeway with an unconscious occupant was painted by CEO Elon Musk as a great thing.

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Wyntir Dec 2018 #1

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Tue Dec 4, 2018, 12:40 PM

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was very lucky.

I will never buy a car that I do not have total control over and I never drive drunk so don't have to worry about that.

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