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Tuesday, 15 October 2019 18:14

Tesla Autopilot Protects Nature: It Saved Momma Bear and Cubs

Written by Gustavo Henrique Ruffo, InsideEVs

 

Tesla Autopilot is still in beta testing, but it now has reached a point in which it saves lives.

Despite being blamed for accidents, it performs really well. Mother Nature can now say the same. Better saying, a mother bear and its two cubs can, according to a video shot by Andrew Whittle’s TeslaCam.

 

He was near the Glacier National Park in Montana. We don’t know when or precisely where. It was dark, and his Tesla Model 3 Performance had made most of the journey on Autopilot. When momma bear and her cubs crossed the road, Autopilot immediately braked.

 

Would a focused driver have done the same? Most certainly. But what if he was distracted? What if he did not see the bears? In any of these possibilities, it is excellent to know how well Autopilot works in such situations.

 

Whittle backed up the car a bit to avoid an attack by an apparently defiant mother bear. That was enough for her to leave peacefully.

 

We thank InsideEVs for reprint permission.

 

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