Video Of A Tesla Predicting And Avoiding A Real-Life Highway Crash

December 28, 2016


This is a recent video from a Tesla Model S predicting and avoiding a highway accident. A relatively nasty one too, although thankfully nobody was seriously injured (despite an SUV rollover). The technology it used to detect the crash (Tesla's Forward Collision Warning System) is able to scan beyond just the car in front of you to see the cars in front of it. In this case, it noticed the car two cars ahead coming to a rapid stop. Brace for impact!

...this was likely a perfect example of Tesla's recently updated software that allows the car to basically see through the car directly in its path and monitor traffic multiple car-lengths in its path. This tech helps avoid accidents that would likely be almost unavoidable if a human driver was left to his or her own senses.

Man, Tesla's really bringing it. And what is everybody else doing? I'll tell you what they're doing -- falling behind the times. I bought a new car two years ago that still has roll-up windows. That's not innovation. If Elon Musk saw me driving he'd probably feel sorry for me. Plus wonder why I'm not wearing a shirt. SPOILER: No air conditioning either.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Barnaby, who agrees the best way to avoid accidents is to go to the bathroom every chance you get so your bladder doesn't get too full and weak from holding it all the time.

  • Dsembr

    But can it see why kids love the taste of Cinnamon Toast Crunch?

  • Carl LeBlanc

    Isn't anybody else curious as to WHY a car was stopped in the fast lane on a highway?

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  • Mike

    Well, your comment makes actually a really good point on WHY this technology is so interesting. Even though you are seeing it relaxed on your computer, you haven't noticed that there is a whole line of cars in front of the SUV. If you look again you will probably see a car being hit in the back by the SUV and ending on the right side of the road, as well as other brake lights on the same lane that are visible when the SUV starts rolling.

  • Bertw192

    "unavoidable if a human driver was left to his or her own senses"... Oh, you mean like the other two human drivers in the cars that pulled over to the right? They were even closer to the accident than the Tesla.

  • WOMP

    "would likely be almost unavoidable"... Don't splice a quote to fit your narrative. The other two were also in the other lane, making the potential accident easier to see. If it were a human driver directly behind like the Tesla, first they would probably be tailing way too close and would not have been able to see the car in front of the red one making it much harder to react to a potential accident. Would a human who was paying attention be able to react. Yes, absolutely. Any good driver who pays attention to the road 100% of the time can avoid most accidents. But humans have a horrible attention span and have dangerous driving habits, something a well designed machine does not struggle with.

  • Bertw192

    you're kidding right? The two other cars in the video were way closer to the wreck and yet still stopped short of the crash site. Regardless of whether they were in a different lane or not. I'm not discounting the impressiveness of the Tesla. I'm just giving credit to the humans and not discounting them as the original quote did.

    And I apologize for my selective quotations, it truly wasn't intentional. I just felt that "would likely be almost" was an unnecessary mount of verbal vomit. Breaking it down, it really makes no sense.

  • PUNX

    yes but is there anything that will stop it from getting hit in the back buy some other a-hole not paying attention?

  • Kelly

    Also unlike a human driver it wouldn't just slam on the brake like some do in response to an accident like that.

    I've personally avoided having someone put their car through my trunk because I left a full car length of space between me and the guy in front of me at a traffic light. When I saw the guy behind me wasn't paying attention. I let off my brakes and rolled forward right as he slammed on his giving him that extra couple feet he needed to stop.

    I'm a firm believer that seat belts wouldn't be needed if people would just Fing pay attention to everything happening around them.

  • WOMP

    Actually yes, there is. The autopilot is coded to use it's front and back sensors to place the car equidistant from the car ahead and behind it. So if a car behind starts getting too close the Tesla will speed up to keep the spacing equal. If the car behind is speeding up too fast for it to adjust it will send out a warning signal for the driver to react.

  • Ollie Williams

    That, among many other awesome automotive innovations, is why I'm buying a Tesla 3 in 2019.

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