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    Tesla Model X owner claims Autopilot caused crash with a semi truck, but ‘safety rating saved his life’

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    When looking at the picture above, you would think that it’s the aftermath of a fatal accident, but the Tesla Model X driver actually walked out of it with “no injuries aside from a stiff neck”. He credited the vehicle’s safety for saving his life, but he also blamed the Autopilot for what he claims was “driving full speed into the back of a semi”.

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    The only thing that autopilot really does is keep the vehicle in its lane.

    Stopping to avoid an accident is handled by the Automatic Emergency Braking feature. And as we've seen, the AEB system developed by Mobileye only works in a very narrow set of conditions - basically, when you are already following a vehicle, and that vehicle slows down. Whether or not it decides to brake in other situations (such as a semi crossing the road in front of you, or this situation) seems to be a bit of a crap-shoot.

    I'm looking forward to the improvements in this area brought about by a real self-driving feature in the future.
     
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