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Friday, October 30, 2015

Watch Tesla's Autopilot Stop an Uber Driver's Head-On Collision

As reported by FortuneThe “look Ma, no hands” approach just paid off big time.

How do you narrowly avoid a nasty car crash without even touching the steering wheel or the brakes? Lucky for one Uber driver, his ride is a Tesla.

On a recent rainy and pitch-black morning in Seattle, Jon Hall had just dropped off a passenger and was cruising along the highway in his Tesla at nearly 45 mph when another car made a sharp U-turn in front of him, cutting him off. But Hall was using Tesla’s new autopilot feature, and his electric vehicle stopped immediately, saving him and his self-driving car from a potentially fatal head-on collision.

“I wasn’t even able to honk the horn before the car came to a stop,” Hall wrote in an 
online discussion of the video of the incident, which he posted on YouTube, saying, “I did not touch the brake. Car did all the work.”

The video was captured on Hall’s dashboard camera, though it does not include sound because he had disabled audio while driving Uber passengers in order to comply with Washington privacy laws. (“I screamed, honked, and yelled,” he explains.) Watch the full video of the autonomous vehicle’s feat here: