Well, its officially the future. Tesla has announced that its new Model S car will automatically apologize whenever it hits a pedestrian.
Owners of the new Tesla cars wont have to tap a single button to make their vehicle express its regret. The cars onboard computer detects when it strikes a person and immediately plays an apologetic message such as I am sorry I hit you or I apologize for that collision.
So cool! Imagine being able to tear through an intersection, ding a pedestrian right in the thigh, and then have your car apologize without any effort on your part. Thanks to Elon Musk, this isnt a distant fantasy anymore, but a reality that will soon be on roads and highways everywhere.
The cars software is even sophisticated enough to distinguish between different types of impacts:
- Lightly tapping a person and knocking them to the ground will prompt a message such as I apologize for bumping into you, while running them over might make the car announce I apologize for driving over you.
- Hitting lone individuals will trigger different apologies than driving through crowds.
- The car can remember specific faces and say Im sorry I hit you again if it ever collides with that same person in the future.
Yes! This is basically Star Trek!
Check out this demo video Tesla released that shows off its cars many apologies. If you didnt want to own a Tesla before, youre definitely going to want one now.