Tesla Did Not ‘Predict’ The Crash, Here's Why

Dec 30, 2016 06:00 AM EST | Luna C

Road safety is one of the biggest concerns to modern-day driving. Today's cars are buffing up their safety standards but on the other end of the spectrum, some drivers get way too careless that get prone to accidents. This article shows how the Tesla Model S successfully implemented one of their modern safety features - accident prediction and prevention.

As posted on Business Insider, one can see how quickly Tesla's auto-pilot technology has detected irregularities on the road ahead and 'decided' to step on the brakes. As a result, the car hits the brakes on time, avoiding the car collision ahead. The famous video is now trending and a lot of people are amazed on how cars with autopilot features react to such situations nowadays. Another star for Tesla's customer satisfaction survey.

Not Really a Prediction

While most people are stuck in awe on how the smart car 'predicted' the accident, there is a simple logical explanation on why it happened, and it's not a miracle either. The reason behind why the Tesla S Model decided to put on the brakes and save its driver and other potential victims on the same road is that it has a sophisticated radar technology that senses both obstacles and moving objects ahead that would probably collide with the vehicle. Thanks to years of research and hard work, the people at Tesla have improved much on its radar detection. Also, a human driver - provided he is paying attention to the road, could have done the same job or even better.

Thanks to the Clear Weather

The story would have been different if it were a snowy or rainy day. According to a post at Tech Republic, Tesla's radar detection has some limitations despite of it being very impressive. It is reported that the autopilot will be unavailable in some weather conditions, simply because the radar system cannot detect properly during bad weather.

Again, the Tesla S Model did not predict the crash. It merely reacted accordingly to what it had sensed ahead. Below is a video explaining how Tesla's self-driving cars detect obstacles and potential crashes:

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