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Footage released by Tesla reveals the car’s ability to predict car collision before the accident occurs. The video which was shot on the A2 highway in Netherlands shows a vehicle racing towards the Tesla on the blind spot of the driver, the collision warning off seconds before the car hits the rear end of another vehicle adjacent the Tesla.
In the clip, the autopilot applies the emergency brakes a fraction of a second after the collision warning goes off, a black SUV in front of the Tesla then summersaults as a result of the collision.
The automaker released Tesla version 8.0 software update in September and has now followed it up with a new radar processing technology which they say will be pushed rolled out to all Tesla’s cars with first generation autopilot hardware.
The new radar processing capacity enables the car to keep track of two cars ahead of you. By bouncing radars around or underneath vehicles in front of the Tesla Model S or X, the car can see what isn’t visible to the driver.
The video has received positive reviews on Twitter after it was posted by a Tesla driver Hans Noordsij with several users making inquiries about the video and the test run.
According to Noordsij who is an electric car evangelist, the driver of the Tesla car in the footage noted that the autopilot began applying the brakes before he did. He further stated that nobody in the crash was injured despite the nature of the accident.
A lot of work has gone into autonomous cars in recent years, and while we are yet to see a car that can fully drive itself without human inputs, the technologies are getting better and better.
This is a very good safety feature but should not be a substitute for being vigilant behind the wheels.
— Hans Noordsij (@HansNoordsij) December 27, 2016
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