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What happens in a self-driving Tesla if you fall asleep at the wheel

What happens in a self-driving Tesla if you fall asleep at the wheel

(1:00) Tesla's Autopilot requires the driver to remain awake. This is how it works.

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Guest: Junkyarddaddy (356 days ago)

The driver will wake up briefly as he or she is hit from behind by a tractor trailer.

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The driver will wake up briefly as he or she is hit from behind by a tractor trailer.

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Guest: Elmer Fudd (356 days ago)

Cool, but it should also pull over to the shoulder so it doesn't risk being rear ended.

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Cool, but it should also pull over to the shoulder so it doesn't risk being rear ended.

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WalterEgo WalterEgo (355 days ago)
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My guess is that it will pull over to the hard shoulder on a motorway. Stopping in a lane on a motorway is probably illegal.

But on a country road, pulling over is not a good idea because the car doesn't know what the surface is. It might be soft, or even quicksand.

What would be cool is for the car to move forward if it detects that it is about to be rear-ended, and if the space in front is clear. Hazards could get brighter and flash faster as a car approaches from behind depending on how fast the car is going and whether or not it is decelerating. At the last moment, if computer says a crash is imminent, a giant airbag could pop out of the rear bumper absorbing the bulk of the impact.

If there's no reaction from the driver after a specified time, the car could call emergency services. Maybe the driver had a heart attack.

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My guess is that it will pull over to the hard shoulder on a motorway. Stopping in a lane on a motorway is probably illegal.

But on a country road, pulling over is not a good idea because the car doesn't know what the surface is. It might be soft, or even quicksand.

What would be cool is for the car to move forward if it detects that it is about to be rear-ended, and if the space in front is clear. Hazards could get brighter and flash faster as a car approaches from behind depending on how fast the car is going and whether or not it is decelerating. At the last moment, if computer says a crash is imminent, a giant airbag could pop out of the rear bumper absorbing the bulk of the impact.

If there's no reaction from the driver after a specified time, the car could call emergency services. Maybe the driver had a heart attack.

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