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Video: Driver drinks coffee in Model 3 – and then the Tesla hits the brakes

Under the name @tesla_master, a California Twitter user is documenting his experience as a Model 3 owner and wants to provide information about Tesla’s electric cars and their “impressive” technology. He has been doing this since August 2019, most recently with a list of the active safety functions at Tesla, including automatic emergency braking. Exactly that got in his way in a current video.

Extra camera in the Tesla Model 3

@Tesla_master has now published the short film article on Twitter. Previously, he had installed an additional camera in the front of his Tesla Model 3 so that it keeps an eye on the driver and front passenger seat across the info screen. In the video, only the owner sits in the Tesla himself – what he installed and ran the camera for, or whether he always does it for documentation, remained open. The event that followed then was planned, but probably not.

Already on the freeze frame of the video you can see that the Tesla reconnaissanceist is holding a mug with a handle in his right hand at the wheel – and perhaps suspects what will soon be seen. In the video he drives off without words, his left hand loosely at the wheel, not with the autopilot activated. The driver takes a sip and looks again concentratedly on the residential street, on which nothing seems to worry him. The Tesla does, however, because suddenly there is a loud beep and the electric car brakes abruptly to a standstill.

You can probably also imagine what that means for the brownish liquid (probably coffee) that had been in the cup up to that point: the stop takes place so quickly that it is almost completely over the edge on the dashboard, screen, driver and maybe the white seats of the Tesla Model 3 also spills. The man behind the wheel stays cool. He only put the mug down loudly with a sullen look, murmurs an insult and shakes his right hand dry.

Tesla systems sometimes nervous

The cause research came in the comments rather shortly. But just before the emergency stop, you can see the driver turning slightly to the left, perhaps to avoid a car parked on his lane. The Tesla systems occasionally get nervous during such maneuvers, even if the opposite lane is free or offers enough space – and, unlike the autopilot, they are activated by default for keeping pace, distance and lane. As a Tesla driver with almost a year of experience in Model 3, the Californian should have known that already – but now he shouldn’t forget it anyway.

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