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Monday, 20 September 2021 16:49

Police Brings Tesla on Autopilot to a Halt After Driver Passes Out

Written by Loukia Papadopoulos, Interesting Engineering
Police Brings Tesla on Autopilot to a Halt After Driver Passes Out ABC 7

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There's been a long-standing debate as to whether Tesla's Autopilot saves lives or risks them.

Last August, we brought you news of how the feature saved the life of a drunken driver in Norway. The man was seemingly unconscious, but the Autopilot was able to bring the vehicle to a stop.

 

Now, a woman, who was at the time suspected of DUI, in Glendale, CA, was also saved by Tesla's Autopilot when she passed out behind the wheel, as reported by ABC 7.

 

The woman had indeed been driving under the influence and eventually passed out. Her husband who was driving behind her in a Volkswagen called the police.

 

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) was able to halt the Tesla---which was going at slow speeds---near the 134 and 5 freeways after stopping directly in front of it. It seems the vehicle recognized another vehicle was stopped in front of it and came to a halt.

 

ABC 7 later acquired radio transmissions of the incident where a dispatcher is heard saying: "The reporting party is advising that his wife is unconscious in a Tesla. The vehicle is driving itself.

 

"It ended up TC'ing into the right shoulder wall, and, uh, still continuing," the dispatcher added. TC is shorthand for traffic collision.

 

Once the Tesla was stopped, CHP officers woke up the driver, identified as Karla Villanueva, 31, and arrested her on suspicion of DUI. She was...


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