Tesla's autopilot function may have helped save the life of a driver in Missouri. Joshua Neally was suffering from a pulmonary embolism while behind the wheel, but was able to switch the car into self-driving mode, allowing it to drive him the 20 miles to hospital. Despite this, there have been some concerns about Tesla's autopilot after the feature was blamed for a fatal accident in May when it failed to recognize a trailer in its path. Tesla chief Elon Musk denied the feature was at fault and logs released by the electric car manufacturer showed that the feature was not turned on at the time of the crash, despite reports that it may have played a role. A pulmonary embolism is a blockage in the pulmonary artery, the blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the lungs.
Slate tells the harrowing story of Joshua Neally, a 37-year-old attorney in Springfield, Missouri who claims that his Tesla Model X's autopilot feature saved his life. Neally was driving home in late July when he suddenly felt something like "a steel pole through my chest." Neally was in gathering highway traffic as the pain mounted rapidly. In the moment, Neally tells Slate he calculated he could reach the hospital faster by Autopilot than if he had stopped and called an ambulance. So he let his Model X take over for more than 20 miles, until reaching an off-ramp near a hospital in Branson.
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US driver made it to hospital while suffering a pulmonary embolism after putting his car into autopilot. Joshua Neally was driving his Tesla Model X home from his office in the US city of Springfield, Missouri, to nearby Branson. But after pulling onto the highway, he started suffering piercing pain in his stomach and chest. Rather than call an ambulance, the lawyer decided to find a hospital using his car's self-driving mode.
A Tesla Model S electric vehicle is shown in San Francisco, California. DETROIT -- It was the crash the auto industry knew was coming but still feared. The death of a driver who was using Tesla Motors' semi-autonomous mode could add to the public's apprehension of driverless cars even before they reach the road in big numbers. Most major automakers and technology companies, including Google and Uber, are working on fully autonomous cars, and have worried that a highly publicized crash could hurt those efforts. Brown was an enthusiastic booster of his 2015 Tesla Model S and in an April video he posted online he credited its sophisticated Autopilot system for avoiding a crash when a commercial truck swerved into his lane on an interstate.