We've got another intriguing video from Wham Baam Teslacam. The leading story is about a Tesla Model 3, which was reportedly on Autopilot when an articulated lorry clipped the electric car's rear end while making an unsuspected lane change.
The Model 3 driver said he was driving past the semi-truck in the right lane. The lorry had been driving in the left lane for some time, according to the Tesla owner. The Model 3 driver proceeded in the right lane, eventually passing by the lorry. However, right before the Tesla was completely past the lorry, the lorry changed lanes to the right and clipped the rear of the car.
Clipping the rear of the Model 3 caused it to spin out and end up in front of the lorry. Similar to how you might imagine a cowcatcher on a train, the lorry proceeded to push the Model 3 down the motorway in "t-bone" fashion.
Fortunately, rather than the lorry deflecting the car and potentially causing the situation to become worse, the two stayed attached for about half a mile, and it seems somehow the lorry driver was unaware. The lorry driver eventually stopped because he felt there might be something wrong with the lorry. He could feel some resistance but he never saw the Model 3.
As far as Autopilot was concerned, the Model 3 driver says it alerted him when the lorry was about to clip the rear, but it was too late to react. He also said the Model 3 tried to steer away, but the force of the lorry moving at 70 mph was too much for the car to overcome.
The lorry driver was found to be at fault, and fortunately, the Model 3 driver was okay. However, he had to wait months for the car to be repaired, and the damage to the car totalled a whopping $20,000.
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