"Code Is My Co-pilot" Tesla’s Autopilot Is Flawed. But Is It Also a Lifesaver? Of interest is a 37-year-old attorney Joshua Neally (who suffered a potentially fatal medical emergency pulmonary embolism, obstruction of a blood vessel in lungs if not treated timely) continued to drive to Emergency Room with the help of Autopilot. "He also wonders whether, without autopilot, he might have lost control of the car and in effect become a deadly projectile when those first convulsions struck." The prudent thing would be to stop the car at the freeway shoulder immediately and waited for ambulance. However, remember that, in these cases of emergencies, every second counts.