Submitted by stuart.saunders on October 26, 2016
I took delivery my 2016 75D less than a month ago and I love the car. However, this week I had a concerning experience with autopilot (running version 8). While traveling on the highway at night with the nearest car almost out of sight, the dash suddenly displayed a red car and slammed on the brakes. Auto steering was immediately disengaged but cruise control remained active. This event only lasted a second but it was enough to scare the heck out of me. Upon arriving home I emailed my local Tesla service team and they pulled my diagnostics the next day. They said the car detected an obstacle 30 feet away and engaged emergency braking (forward collision sensitivity set to medium). They couldn't explain the false positive event and suggested it could have been "a piece of cardboard or a bird being detected in just the right way to trip the sensors."
Has anyone experienced a similar false positive forward collision event? I do not want to disable a safety feature, but I am afraid this could cause an accident on a busy highway.