Science & Technology
Self-driving car manages to save a man's life
By T.K. Randall
August 8, 2016 · 6 comments
Now your car can drive you to the hospital all on its own. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Steve Jurvetson
A driver in the US who took ill at the wheel was saved after his car drove him to a nearby hospital.
In total contrast to last month's fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S self-driving vehicle, Joshua Neally of Springfield, Missouri was saved thanks to his car's ability to drive all on its own.
The 37-year-old had been driving home from his office when he started experiencing severe pains in his stomach and chest, symptoms that would turn out to be the result of a pulmonary embolism.
In an effort to save time, Neally decided to use his car's autopilot feature to get him to the nearest hospital. Sure enough, the car managed to drive him all the way to the emergency room car park.
"I'm very thankful I had it for this experience," he said of the incident.
"If something like that happens where I become unconscious or incapacitated while I'm driving, I'm not going to cross over the interstate and slam into somebody or into one of the big rock walls."
Source: BBC News
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