This is the first time I have seen a domestic crash warning in action in a normal car, not a test track or artificial situation. These people were driving in the Netherlands when they heard an incongruous little beep. Hopefully they knew what it meant, but the cruise control also started breaking just before the crash occurred.
As long as the technology is reliable and not prone to false alarms it seems fantastic. The reason I mentioned false alarms is the practice of lane splitting which is now normal for most motorcycle riders.
Yesterday on my way home I made room on the motorway for what looked like a Harley VRSCDX V-Rod 10th Anniversary edition motorcycle. There was enough room so I made him a gap and let him pass. What happened after that was pretty scary. This great looking 1250cc bike looks like a lot of fun to ride on the open road, but the guy riding it was squeezing between cars and trucks that in a number of cases appeared not to know he was there.
It’s a wonder he didn’t crash on a number of occasions. I don’t know f he was inexperienced with the bike, but it was too big to just slalom between the vehicles he was overtaking. It was as though he had to fight the bike every inch of the way.
Based on what I saw on the video above, I would expect that riding to have set off the Tesla alarm 3 or 4 times.
I have to say I am also surprised at the little beep from the Tesla. I’d expect something a little more “warning Will Robinson”. If you’re listening to music, in the middle of a conversation or otherwise not attuned to the sound and then your car started braking, you might be inclined to override the cruise control and accelerate into the carnage. I’m assuming that you can override it because anyone who has done an advanced drivers course knows that sometimes you need to accelerate to avoid an event, not brake.
Nevertheless, job well done, collision averted and the Tesla passengers are probably fans for life and maybe a little famous. I’m sure the media and Tesla would pay for footage and interviews. This will certainly help sell cars.