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Tesla Model X drives man to emergency room on Autopilot

Doctors said the owner was lucky to be alive.

Tesla's Autopilot system helped save a man's life by driving him to the emergency room.

37-year old attorney Joshua Neally began to experience pain in his abdomen about five miles after leaving his office in Springfield, Missouri. He initially thought the pain would go away but it progressively got worse. "It felt like a steel pole through my chest," he told Slate. He agreed to go to the emergency room after calling his wife.

Neally decided he could reach the emergency room faster by turning on Autopilot than by pulling over and calling an ambulance. His Model X drove itself for about 20 miles on the highway, all Neally had to do was steer the crossover. He pulled off the highway, steered the X into the hospital parking lot and checked himself into the ER.

Doctors in the emergency department treated Neally for a pulmonary embolism, a condition described as a potentially fatal obstruction of a blood vessel in the lungs. The staff told him that he was lucky to be alive, according to Slate. Luckily, he received treatment in time and was sent home later that night. Neally concludes he was lucky to be driving a Tesla, though in retrospect he admits that calling an ambulance would have been a wiser decision.

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