Last month, I made the case for banning human drivers as soon as automatic driving technology will allow, because self-driving cars are already far better and safer than human drivers ever will be. And now, the internet is assembling my evidence files.
Exhibit A: this video that went viral over the weekend, of a Seattle Tesla owner who was saved from a dangerous head-on highway collision by his car's auto-braking feature.
Jon Hall, the Seattle driver who was behind the wheel of the auto-braking Tesla, was "driving south on State Route 99 when a car going the other direction unexpectedly drove straight into his lane," according to NBC. The auto-braking mode on Hall's Tesla Model S kicked in, and stopped him just before colliding with the oncoming car.
"I did not touch the brake. Car did all the work," Hall wrote in a YouTube description.
Tesla's autopilot mode is still in beta, and human drivers have already found an impressive number of ways to mess it up. But this latest video is proof that if left to their own devices, self-driving cars will make our roads dramatically safer.