Video: Tesla Autopilot Detects Family of Bears

Oct. 21, 2019
A Tesla owner in Montana says his car stopped on its own when it detected a bear and her cubs.

Oct. 21, 2019—A Tesla owner in Montana says the Autopilot feature helped the car stop on its own when it detected a bear and her cubs on the road, per a report by ElectrekThe whole incident was captured by Tesla’s integrated dashcam feature.

The man released video of the incident captured with TeslaCam, and it can be viewed by clicking here

The Autopilot feature sensed the family of bears in the dark, while the car was traveling at 50 mph. Tesla Autopilot has reportedly been increasingly improving with over-the-air software updates.

In this case, it’s unclear if the Autopilot simply slowed down because of usual traffic-aware cruise control, even though the traffic consisted of a bunch of animals, or if it detected an obstacle and activated automatic emergency braking (AEB), according to the report. 

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