Well, it’s officially the future. Tesla has announced that its new Model S car will automatically apologize whenever it hits a pedestrian.

Owners of the new Tesla cars won’t have to tap a single button to make their vehicle express its regret. The car’s onboard computer detects when it strikes a person and immediately plays an apologetic message such as “I am sorry I hit you” or “I apologize for that collision.”

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So cool! Imagine being able to tear through an intersection, ding a pedestrian right in the thigh, and then have your car apologize without any effort on your part. Thanks to Elon Musk, this isn’t a distant fantasy anymore, but a reality that will soon be on roads and highways everywhere.

The car’s software is even sophisticated enough to distinguish between different types of impacts:

  • Lightly tapping a person and knocking them to the ground will prompt a message such as “I apologize for bumping into you,” while running them over might make the car announce “I apologize for driving over you.”
  • Hitting lone individuals will trigger different apologies than driving through crowds.
  • The car can remember specific faces and say “I’m sorry I hit you again” if it ever collides with that same person in the future.

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Yes! This is basically Star Trek!

Check out this demo video Tesla released that shows off its car’s many apologies. If you didn’t want to own a Tesla before, you’re definitely going to want one now.

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