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Tesla Model 3 owner shares insights after V9’s built-in dashcam records
October 17, 2018  Simon Alvarez

Tesla Model 3 owner shares insights after V9’s built-in dashcam records
accident  Credit: kingbrad/Twitter

The Tesla Model 3 prior to the accident  Credit: Brad King

Model 3 TOTALED Tesla dash cam video. Other driver had no ...
(footage from Brad King’s Model 3 V9 Dashcam)

Tesla’s built-in Dashcam feature is currently being rolled out with the wide
release of Software Version 9. The feature, which utilizes the video feed
from the vehicle’s narrow forward-facing camera, allows owners to save
recordings of events on the road into a USB flash drive. Tesla Model 3 owner
Brad King recently proved just how useful V9’s built-in Dashcam is, after
his electric vehicle was involved in a major accident in Charlotte, NC.

The Model 3 owner waited a long time for his electric car. Being a first-day
reservation holder, it took just a little more than two years before King
was able to take delivery of his vehicle. Brad drove home his Model 3 on
April 28, 2018, parking it inside a garage that was painted and decorated
similarly to a Tesla showroom. Since then, the Model 3 has traveled about
7,000 miles, driving a sizable amount of them on Autopilot. After the
vehicle received the Software Version 9 update, King’s Model 3 some new
features, including the built-in Dashcam.

While driving down Rea Road in Charlotte, NC yesterday, tragedy struck. The
roads were wet and slippery due to the rain, and the Model 3 owner was
driving around 40 mph. As could be seen in the Dashcam footage captured by
the Model 3, a white Honda Accord with no lights and a damaged front fender
suddenly pulled in front of the electric car and stopped in the middle of
the road. King stepped on the brakes, but the electric car hit the damaged
fossil fuel-powered car nonetheless. The front of the Model 3 was totaled as
a result of the accident, though King noted that there were no injuries.

As it turned out, the driver of the white Honda Accord did not have
insurance at all. Worse, the driver didn’t even have a license due to a
suspension. Authorities eventually arrived, but King and the Honda Accord
driver’s accounts of the accident were conflicting, complicating the
situation. Ultimately, Tesla Version 9’s built-in Dashcam became the
determining factor, as the Model 3 owner was able to prove to the
authorities that the Honda Accord did stop in the middle of the road prior
to the accident.

Sharing some insights on the accident to Teslarati, King noted that it was
quite tricky to engage the Model 3’s Tow Mode after the crash happened,
seemingly due to the damage incurred by the vehicle. As a result, it took
around an hour to get the electric car to a flatbed truck. The driver of the
tow truck even suggested that it would be a great idea to place a tow area
at the rear of the Model 3, to make towing easier. True to Elon Musk’s
statement earlier this year, the Model 3’s glove box automatically opened
after the accident.

The unfortunate fate of Brad King’s Model 3 shows just how useful a built-in
Dashcam solution is for Tesla’s electric cars. Had the Dashcam function not
been active during the accident, it would have been quite difficult to prove
the Honda Accord driver’s fault. For now, though, the Model 3 owner is
simply hoping that he could get behind the wheel of another Tesla in the
near future.

Tesla’s built-in Dashcam solution has long been requested by owners of the
company’s electric cars. Prior to the release of Software V9, Elon Musk
announced on Twitter that Dashcam features would make it to the initial
Version 9 rollout. It did not take long before advanced early access users
started sharing footage of their vehicles’ Dashcam, which were surprisingly
very clear. For now, the built-in Dashcam relies solely on the vehicles’
narrow forward-facing camera, though there is a pretty good chance that
later iterations of the feature would utilize the feed from the other
cameras installed on the electric cars.
[© teslarati.com]

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