• Sign in to Neowin Faster!

    Create an account on Neowin to contribute and support the site.

Sign in to follow this  

How Tesla Autopilot drove a man with a blood clot to the hospital, and expanded the autonomous car debate

Recommended Posts

Circaflex    3,555
Quote

When Joshua Neally left his office in Springfield, MO, climbed into his Tesla Model X, and merged onto the highway to head home, he did what many Tesla drivers do—he switched on Autopilot mode.

Neally, who reportedly pays close attention while driving Autopilot, following Tesla's guidelines for use, may have expected the advanced driving feature to kick in, braking if a vehicle crossed its path or alerting him if a nearby car slid too close into his lane.

But, when Neally began experiencing tightness in his chest and, after calling his wife, realized he needed to get to the hospital, he used Autopilot in a way he probably never expected: To rush him straight to the hospital.

The tightness in his chest turned out to be caused by a pulmonary embolism, and Neally was able to make a full recovery.

"I don't really think I could have [made the drive without Autopilot]," Neally told CBS.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-tesla-autopilot-drove-a-man-with-a-blood-clot-to-the-hospital-and-expanded-the-autonomous-car/

 

I think this is pretty awesome and brings some positive spin to the whole autonomous car. People keep thinking Skynet, but I like to see results like this and to think the system will only improve over time.

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The Evil Overlord    18,441
On ‎07‎/‎09‎/‎2016 at 6:21 PM, Circaflex said:

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-tesla-autopilot-drove-a-man-with-a-blood-clot-to-the-hospital-and-expanded-the-autonomous-car/

 

I think this is pretty awesome and brings some positive spin to the whole autonomous car. People keep thinking Skynet, but I like to see results like this and to think the system will only improve over time.

But it is Skynet, if it isn't then it'll be I-Robot

*shudders*

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Draconian Guppy    13,037

I wonder what the difference would have been if he called 911?

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
adrynalyne    12,107
42 minutes ago, Draconian Guppy said:

I wonder what the difference would have been if he called 911?

Hard to say...we had a robbery happen here with someone locked inside upstairs, and it took the police over 2 hours to respond via 911 call.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Draconian Guppy    13,037
47 minutes ago, adrynalyne said:

Hard to say...we had a robbery happen here with someone locked inside upstairs, and it took the police over 2 hours to respond via 911 call.

but ambulance/paramedics surely would be quicker?

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
adrynalyne    12,107
Just now, Draconian Guppy said:

but ambulance/paramedics surely would be quicker?

Maybe?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.