Tesla autopilot can avoid crashes before they happen
This is a really impressive demonstration of the Tesla’s autopilot capabilities. More than just showing off some clever programming and use of scanners, it highlights something really important.
We are at a transition stage in automated vehicle technology. Currently there is a lot of anxiety about the safety of automated vehicles in comparison to human drivers. What this incident (because it really did happen) shows is that automated vehicles can actually identify problems and react in a safe manner much faster than a human ever could. If you watch the video you will see and hear the car detect a collision is about to happen before the driver is aware that anything is wrong. In fact, it would be impossible for the driver to know anything is wrong, because the car that causes the accident is not even visible at first.
h/t Nicholas Berry