A truck transporting a number of brand new Tesla Model S sedans and Model X SUVs was recently almost run off the road a bit north of Fremont, California. The culprit was a County Connection commuter bus. This was captured in video format that recently surfaced.
The incident in question, which happened on September 27th, involved the commuter bus cutting across three lanes of traffic and apparently not seeing the truck trailer in the lane. It’s not entirely clear why that is. …
Teslarati provides more: “The video posted to YouTube shows a County Connection commuter bus, serving San Ramon and the Contra Costa County 40 mile east of San Francisco and 25 miles north of the company’s Fremont factory, cutting across three lanes before forcing the trailer carrying six Teslas off the road. With over a half million dollars worth of inventory inches away from crashing into a ditch along Interstate 680, the driver of the truck carrying the Model S and X is seen making an abrupt move onto the shoulder of the freeway, while narrowly scraping by a set of concrete dividers alongside the Interstate.”
This is exactly the sort of situation that autonomous driving technologies could help to avoid — though, we obviously aren’t there yet. A decade or so from now, though, the possibility is definitely there to slash the number of such situations, and, more importantly, to slash the number of actual accidents/crashes as well — most particularly, the fatal ones, and the ones that lead to serious injuries.