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Self-driving car manages to save a man's life

By T.K. Randall
August 8, 2016 · Comment icon 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 | Comments (6)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Why not 7 years ago
I'm waiting for the first Saturday night auto-pilot beer run DUI.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Calibeliever 7 years ago
WOW! What times we live in.
Comment icon #3 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
Technology that actually works!
Comment icon #4 Posted by BeastieRunner 7 years ago
Hey! It actually worked! Glad he made it and he's doing better.
Comment icon #5 Posted by fred_mc 7 years ago
I got a bit disappointed after reading the full UM post, the summary on the UM main page said: "A driver in the US who took ill at the wheel was saved after his car drove him to a nearby hospital."††After reading that I thought: "Oh, what a smart car. The car†realized that the driver was unconscious and drove him to the hospital where it probably hoinked and flashed for attention.". Then I read that it wasn't fully that good, the driver himself had to program the car to go the hospital meaning that if he had really been unconscious the car wouldn't have been able to help him. Well, at least te... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
At least the car got there safely, but I understand your point.† The car isn't qot quite as smart as indicated I the headline.†

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