Tesla Driver Recorded Asleep at the Wheel

Tesla Driver Recorded Asleep at the Wheel

"Many of these videos appear to be unsafe pranks or hoaxes".

A MA man has posted a video online that appears to show the driver of a Tesla sleeping as the auto speeds along a highway.

Randall did not contact the police nor did anyone else and no incidents have been reported, so we have to assume the driver awoke and got to his destination safely.

"Autopilot is intended for use with a fully attentive driver, who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any time", according to Tesla's website.

Autopilot can steer, accelerate, and brake on its own, but it is not considered self-driving technology.

Despite Tesla issuing numerous clarifications and warnings against such acts, uneducated, misinformed, and/or stubborn or Tesla-smitten customers continue to test the limits of the technology.

"It was just so unusual and baffling" said Dakota Randall, who shot the video, in an interview with WBZ-TV.

Neither of the pair responded to other drivers honking their horns at them.

Both the driver and his female passenger appear to be sleeping as the Tesla cruises along in self-driving mode. Our driver-monitoring system repeatedly reminds drivers to remain engaged and prohibits the use of Autopilot when warnings are ignored.

"I kind of looked over and saw what I thought was somebody asleep at the wheel and I was like that can't be right, so I did a double take, looked over and sure enough this guy was just, head between his legs completely asleep", Randall explains. "Tesla owners have driven billions of miles using Autopilot, and data from our quarterly Vehicle Safety Report indicates that drivers using Autopilot experience fewer accidents than those operating without assistance".

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