Tesla Autopilot Drives Owner to Hospital During Pulmonary Embolism
A Model X navigated 20 miles of highway as its driver hovered near death.
Slate tells the harrowing story of Joshua Neally, a 37-year-old attorney in Springfield, Missouri who claims that his Tesla Model X’s autopilot feature saved his life. Neally was driving home in late July when he suddenly felt something like “a steel pole through my chest.”
Neally was in gathering highway traffic as the pain mounted rapidly. In the moment, Neally tells Slate he calculated he could reach the hospital faster by Autopilot than if he had stopped and called an ambulance. So he let his Model X take over for more than 20 miles, until reaching an off-ramp near a hospital in Branson. Neally steered the car the final stretch himself, and made his way to the emergency room.