First 'Tesla baby' delivered in the electric car while in Autopilot mode
Tesla's 'Full Delf-Driving' Autopilot feature is finally in the news for a happy reason, as it helped Yiran and Keating Sherry of Philadelphia deliver their second child. In the Tesla. On the way to the hospital. While we are trying to wrap our heads around the event that sounds like it came from the screenwriters of a Christmas comedy, the couple disclosed what happened on that faithful September 9 day. Apparently, Yiran Keating's contractions began during the night, but she still thought they will take some time to work their way to the point she had to go to the hospital to deliver. As one can easily guess, the baby had other intentions, and the family was forced to get into their Tesla and head for the hospital together with their 3-year old son Rafa.
Unfortunately, they got stuck in traffic on the way, and that's why Yiran ultimately decided on an emergency delivery in their family Tesla, looking at the ETA that the car's GPS unit was displaying. She recalls thinking: "Should I push or should I hold? Should I push or should I hold? F— it, let's do this!" Where's Tesla's Autopilot in the whole story? Well, according to Mr. Keating, his wife asked him to take Rafa to pre-school and then come back and get her, but they had to abandon those plans and use Autopilot on the way instead:
I put him in the backseat and went to check on Yiran. Her water had broken a few seconds prior. She said, 'Take Rafa to school, then come back and get me.' But I thought: Time is of the essence...
She was squeezing my hand to the point where I thought she was going to shatter it. I was [saying to] Yiran: OK, focus on your breathing. That was advice to myself, as well. My adrenaline was pumping. I said, 'Rafa, everything’s fine. Your baby sister is arriving.'
Long story short, Mr. Keating gave the address of the hospital and put the Tesla in Autopilot mode while he was trying to help his wife deliver and at the same time comfort their son during the traffic congestion on the way. The whole ordeal took no more than 20 minutes, but when they arrived at the hospital Yiran announced "Oh, my God, Keating. She’s out," crouched in front of the Tesla's passenger seat. Fortunately, there was a pediatrician right in front who called on the nurses and they cut the umbilical cord of baby girl Maeve Sherry right there in the Tesla. She is now doing well, as is the rest of the family, and according to her father, "I wouldn’t be too surprised if, in the year 2037, Maeve is getting her permit with that Tesla."