Laurence Sanderson, A dad of three, described the moment he thought his family were going to be crushed to death by a tree in Storm Dennis but were saved by their Tesla Autopilot, as a miracle.
According to the story shared on Mirror UK, The husband and wife with their three children were driving to Dorset for a holiday when the 400 year old Oak tree strikes them as Storm Dennis battered the country on Saturday evening.
Tesla Autopilot Emergency Break
“Another second and we would have been crushed, as I wouldn’t have been able to react in time. The car undoubtedly saved our lives. We would have been killed without it.” – Lawrence said.
Back in 2017, Tesla introduced an automated emergency braking (AEB) system for all its vehicles that’s powered by its Autopilot technology, which is available even for vehicles whose owners haven’t purchased the actual Autopilot cruise-assist upgrade.
According to Tesla, Automatic Emergency Braking — a new Collision Avoidance Assist feature — is designed to automatically engage the brakes to reduce the impact of an unavoidable frontal collision. Automatic Emergency Braking will stop applying the brakes when you press the accelerator pedal, press the brake pedal, or sharply turn the steering wheel.
Automatic Emergency Braking is enabled by default. You can temporarily disable this feature via the AUTOMATIC EMERGENCY BRAKING setting in Controls > Settings > Driver Assistance > COLLISION AVOIDANCE ASSIST. Automatic Emergency Braking will re-enable when you next drive.
He said: ”My wife is a bit battered and has two black eyes, a bump on the head and bruising to her chest but apart from that we escaped unscathed.
”We were driving along and out of the corner of my eye I saw the tree coming down. The car was on Autopilot and the emergency breaking kicked in.
‘It was chaos with smoke coming from the car and people shouting to get out. People from other cars came to help get the kids out. It was an amazing response.
”Power lines came down and there were live wires at the back of the car so we were getting everyone to safety while being careful of them.
”My wife thought she was going to die when she saw the tree fall. I can’t believe we’re all still alive. Elon Musk has done us proud.”
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