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Watch Tesla’s new Autopilot feature automatically swerve to prevent two accidents

Published Nov 10th, 2015 2:10PM EST
Tesla Model Side Collision Warning

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Tesla’s new autopilot software has been getting something of a bad rap lately. This, truth be told, isn’t all that surprising given the number of idiotic and dangerous things some Model S owners have recorded themselves doing since the software was released a few weeks back. Of course, you might remember the guy who, while going more than 90 mph, decided to shave and eat breakfast in his Model S. And even more jarring was this video of a guy turning on autopilot mode and then moving to the back seat.

The reality is that Tesla’s new autopilot software is incredibly powerful and downright futuristic. Still, it’s important to remember that it doesn’t magically turn every Model S into a self-driving car. On the contrary, Tesla’s suite of autopilot features are more about assisting drivers, not replacing them entirely.

That being the case, we thought we’d highlight some videos of Model S owners actually (gasp!) using their autopilot features correctly. Now one of the more impressive items in Tesla’s autopilot software is an automatic emergency steering and side collision warning feature.

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“Side Collision Warning further enhances Model S’s active safety capabilities by sensing range and alerting drivers to objects, such as cars, that are too close to the side of Model S,” Tesla’s website reads.

Recently, two videos showcasing the automatic emergency steering feature in action were uploaded to YouTube.

The first one shows a Tesla Model S automatically shifting to the left, ever so slightly, after an 18-wheeler happens to veer too close for comfort.

And the second video we have showcases a Tesla Model S swerving to the left and auto-braking to avoid a potential collision.

Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.