WATCH: Tesla's autopilot saves driver from high-speed crash

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WATCH: Teslas autopilot saves driver from high-speed crash

Recent video shows how the electric car's state-of-the-art autopilot system saved a driver's life.

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Published: Tue 19 Apr 2016, 5:32 PM

Last updated: Tue 19 Apr 2016, 7:47 PM

Elon Musk's Tesla Model S has been in the headline for some time now and once again, the state-of-the-art electric car proved why it's worth all the hype.
The Tesla Model S has saved a driver's life - literally! A video has emerged online showing how the electric car's autopilot system saved a driver's life in Ohio.
According to media reports, the incident occurred when Ohioan Joshua Brown took his electric car for a spin earlier this month, when suddenly a heavy truck, equipped with a hydraulic lifting system, nearly sideswiped him. This was when the autopilot system took over and smoothly swerved the car out of harm's way.

In comments attributed to the driver alongside the video, posted earlier this month on YouTube, he recounted what happened when a heavy truck equipped with a hydraulic lifting system, unbeknownst to him, nearly sideswiped him:
"I was driving down the interstate and you can see the boom lift truck in question on the left side of the screen on a joining interstate road. Once the roads merged, the truck tried to get to the exit ramp on the right and never saw my Tesla. I actually wasn't watching that direction and Tessy (the name of my car) was on duty with autopilot engaged. I became aware of the danger when Tessy alerted me with the 'immediately take over' warning chime and the car swerving to the right to avoid the side collision."
Having owned the car since 2015, Brown said he has done lots of testing with "Tessy's" sensors and software capabilities but "had not tested the car's side collision avoidance."
Last summer, Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said the company was nearly ready to have its cars operate driverless on highways and to do some self-parallel parking.
The Model S cars have built-in driver-assistance systems that include, among other things, forward radar, a camera mounted by the rear-view mirror, and 12 sensors that can sense objects within 16 feet of the car, New York Post reported.
However another video online shows how not everyone is comfortable with Tesla's autopilot feature.
CarBuzz posted a video of a 70-year-old grandmother sitting behind the wheel and panicking all the while the autopilot system takes her for a 'spin'.
Here's that video, also posted on YouTube:

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