Missouri man: Tesla autopilot helped in medical emergency

7 months 2 weeks 3 days ago August 10, 2016 Aug 10, 2016 Wednesday, August 10 2016 Wednesday, August 10, 2016 9:24:26 AM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Missouri man said his Tesla Model X's autopilot mode helped him get to a hospital when he suffered a pulmonary embolism.

Joshua Neally told the Springfield News-Leader that he felt pain in his chest and abdomen for days before it became excruciating on July 26 as he drove from Springfield, on U.S. 65.

Neally said he was having difficulty breathing and sometimes couldn't see, so he turned on the autopilot, merged onto the highway and headed for an emergency room.

He said the pain subsided enough that he could see by the time he reached the highway exit, and he manually drove the last few blocks to the hospital in Branson, Missouri, where doctors told him he had an obstruction in a blood vessel in his lungs.

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