Watch Tesla Model 3 Autopilot Take Evasive Action to Avoid Speeding Car

Autopilot saves Model 3 from a crash 5 photos
Photo: Youtube screenshot / NASATesla Canuck
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It’s been a rough year for the Tesla Autopilot feature. Regardless of the model it is deployed on, the Autopilot was the center of the news as Teslas hit lane dividers, police cars, and even caught fire on roads across the world.
It’s not clear whether Autopilot is to blame for any of those incidents because it’s essentially flawed, or because everyone involved in crashes just happened to be driving their Tesla with the Autopilot on when bad luck stroke.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, it’s not very often we get to see Autopilot portrayed as the good guy. And we’re pretty sure the feature helped avoid quite a number of crashes so far.

At the end of August, one of those Tesla owners who like to upload their driving exploits to social media channels showed the world just how helpful Autopilot can be in some instances.

The guy, who on Youtube goes by the name Tesla Canuck, was driving his Model 3 on a road somewhere where tragedy, as he calls it, whooshed by.

The car he was in had Autopilot engaged at 102 km/h in a 90 km/h zone, and was traveling in the right hand lane. At one point, another car begins passing the Model 3 on the left lane, at a slightly higher speed. Out of nowhere comes a third car, traveling much faster, and tries to squeeze in between the first two cars to overtake them.

Autopilot seems to sense that and rapidly swerves to the right, to avoid what certainly would have been a collision, before returning to the initial lane.

As said, Tesla Canuck says he had Autopilot set at 102 km/h, but there a short instance in the video below when the Tesla seems to be accelerating (minute 1:42). The Youtuber does not give any details of why this was so.

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