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Thatcham's Autopilot Test

Discussion in 'Model S' started by macgeng, Jun 18, 2018.

  1. macgeng

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    I have not been in the same situation because, in the event of a stationary car on a multi-lane road, drivers simply don't just swerve into another lane. If they do swerve, they will be braking first. Another thing that I have not come across on the road is a lifesize cardboard model of a car (that is virtually invisible to radar).
    It seems Thatcham had point they wanted to make and setup a scenario in which to prove it. It would be interesting to know if Thatcham performed other tests, that were not shown, because they didn't fit Thatcham's agenda.
     
  3. Hota

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    I've definitely changed lanes without braking to avoid a stationary car. I do it all the time on the freeway when a line of traffic is stopped in my lane up ahead. I'll slow down only after I've changed lanes as I approach the line of stationary cars.

    I've also done this at stop lights with one notable result that makes me weary of doing it more often. I was going 35 miles per hour approaching a traffic light that had turned green perhaps 5-10 seconds prior but the car sitting at the light hadn't yet moved.

    As all roads in the intersection were fully visible and no other vehicles were approaching, I put on my signal and changed lanes. I guess the vehicle behind me wasn't paying attention and slammed into the stopped car.
     

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