Amazing footage from a highway camera in Taiwan is a good reminder to always pay attention to the road in front of you when Tesla’s Autopilot system is engaged.
The incident happened in the early morning hours on Monday in Taiwan. A small delivery truck somehow overturns on a straight stretch of highway, blocking the two inside lanes of traffic.
A white Model 3 can be seen approaching the overturned truck, with what we assume to be the driver of the truck standing on the side of the road.
As the Model 3 passes the man, he begins waving his arms in an attempt to catch the attention of the distracted driver. It is only then that either the driver, or the computer in the Tesla applies the brakes, but it’s too late to stop the high speed EV.
It is not known if Autopilot was engaged at the time of the accident, but according to local media reports, “the auxiliary system was turned on at the time, and the self-driving state was not adopted” (Google translation).
It is also unclear why this straight stretch of road is so dangerous. At first the truck somehow overturns (maybe distracted driving too?). Then the car behind the Tesla Model 3 also does not see the accident and applies the brakes at the last second, avoiding a second crash but almost causing a pile-up behind it.
Check out the full video below and let us know what you think happened in the comments below.