Man Claims Tesla Autopilot Saved His Life

Isabella Ohlmeyer
A driver was on the road in Springfield, Missouri when he unexpectedly suffered a pulmonary embolism and his Tesla car drove him to the hospital.

Self-driving technology is proving to be a successful innovation for drivers. 

Joshua Neally, a 37-year-old attorney, was driving home from work when he suddenly had a pulmonary embolism and his Tesla Model X went on autopilot and drove him to the hospital, Slate reported.

Neally was five miles out of Springfield, Missouri, driving home for his daughter’s birthday celebration, when his abdomen began to stiffen and the pain in his stomach “felt like a steel pole" through my chest.

The attorney decided to put his car on autopilot and 20 miles later, his car drove him straight to a local hospital’s emergency department.

After Neally’s car took over, he manually drove his car into the parking lot and went into the emergency room.

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Tesla’s autopilot mode hasn’t always been a positive feature on the road, as it crashed two vehicles this year alone, one car colliding with a lorry and another, swerving into a two-lane road, according to BBC News.

Neally was treated and released from the hospital, when his doctors informed him that he was lucky to survive the incident.

He was grateful that his car had autopilot, especially during his medical emergency in the vehicle.

“I’m very thankful I had it for this experience,” Neally told KY3. “If something like that happens when I become unconscious or incapacitated while I’m driving, I’m not going to cross over the interstate and slam into somebody or slam into one of the big rock walls.”

Neally is now advocating that having the autopilot feature is safer for drivers on the road.

“It’s not going to be perfect, there’s no technology that’s perfect, but I think the measure is that it’s better and safer,” he said.

It’s comforting to know that the Tesla Model X  has autopilot, but drivers should use the feature with caution. 

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