A 70-year-old woman was recently scared to death while riding in a self-driving car. A video (below) of her terrifying and hilarious ride has gone viral.
William Rimmer originally uploaded the video of his mother's scare on YouTube on April 3. The video went viral after CarBuzz posted it on Facebook on April 14 with the caption, "Granny Tries Auto Pilot For The First Time!," ninemsn reports.
In just one day, the video racked up a staggering 1.5 million views on Facebook, and found its way on to other social media sites like LiveLeak, WorldStar and YouTube again.
Rimmer and his aged mother were riding in a Tesla Model S when he placed it on auto-pilot with her in the driver's seat, notes ninemsn.
In the video, she panics: "Oh this car is coming! Oh this car is waaaah! Bill, listen, put me back in control!"
Instead of helping her, Rimmer laughs and keeps filming.
"Oh, dear Jesus!m" the senior exclaims. "I could never ahhhhhh! Oh, where is it going?"
Rimmer keeps giggling while his mom cries: "Oh this is so scary! Oh Jesus, this is my first day out and I'm about to die!"
"Oh come on, relax," Rimmer tells his mother.
"Oh! Oh! There's a car coming!" she screams. "Just, oh my God, you're gonna hit us!"
Rimmer tells his mom to hit the brakes and finally turns off the auto-pilot.
The auto-pilot has "traffic aware" cruise control and digital monitors to avoid running off the road, reports ninemsn.
The auto-pilot software was made available to Tesla drivers in October 2015. At the time, the company said, "While Model S can’t make traffic disappear, it can make it a lot easier, safer, and more pleasant to endure," according to the Daily Mail.
That's probably true if you're not Mother Rimmer.
Tesla added that "Once you’ve arrived at your destination, Model S scans for a parking space and parallel parks on your command."