Autopilot Saves Model S
Tesla's autopilot program is meant to act as a driver assist and according to Tesla owner Joshua Brown, it works amazingly well.
Brown was on a merging interstate road when a boom lift truck began to merge into his lane, nearly hitting his vehicle. According to the video description, Brown was unaware of the truck until the Tesla alerted him to manually take over after it swerved to the right in order to avoid collision with the truck.
I actually wasn't watching that direction and Tessy (the name of my car) was on duty with autopilot engaged. I became aware of the danger when Tessy alerted me with the "immediately take over" warning chime and the car swerving to the right to avoid the side collision.
According to the driver, the man in the boom lift truck did not see him in his car either.
Once I was beside the truck as it slowed down on the ramp, the guy gestured a "sorry!" I gave him, "it's okay" wave.
Brown added that he had tested sever of the Tesla's sensors, but had not tested the car's side collision avoidance, a feature which left him "VERY impressed."