Tesla owner says Model X's Autopilot drove him to hospital

Tesla's Autopilot Credited with Helping Save Driver's Life

A driver in the US claims his Tesla drove him to hospital after he suffered a pulmonary embolism.

Joshua Neally was driving his Model X SUV in Missouri when he started suffering sharp chest pains. Instead of calling an ambulance, he says he used the car's self-driving mode to find the nearest hospital.

Fortunately, the nearest hospital was just off the main road, and after 20 minutes of driving he was able to steer the car towards the emergency department.

A pulmonary embolism is an obstruction of a blood vessel in the lungs. Doctors have said that Neally was lucky to survive the episode while driving.

The news is welcome good press for Tesla's Autopilot feature, which is being investigated by the US road safety watchdog after a man died while using it in May.

Neally says he's happy to use the function, and thinks it will help saves lives.

Talking to local news station KY3, he said: "If something like that happens where I become unconscious or incapacitated while I'm driving, I'm not going to cross over the interstate and slam into somebody or slam into one of the big rock walls."