Tesla Driver Pulled Over Going 93 MPH While Completely Asleep
Canadian cops say they pulled over a Tesla that was traveling at 93 miles per hour — while the driver was completely asleep, with the seat pulled down like a bed.
“The officer was able to obtain radar readings on the vehicle, confirming that it had automatically accelerated up to exactly 150 km/h [93 mph],” the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement to Global News.
Tesla’s “Autopilot” feature, which offers a range of driver assistance technologies like lane centering and semi-autonomous navigation on highways, has blossomed into an unlikely public health hazard, as more and more news reports emerge of drivers engaging it and then taking a nap or otherwise ceasing to pay attention to the road.
The Canadian police are mincing no words about the latest incident, over which they charged the driver with speeding and issued a 24-hour license suspension.
“Although manufacturers of new vehicles have built-in safeguards to prevent drivers from taking advantage of the new safety systems in vehicles, those systems are just that — supplemental safety systems,” RCMP Supt. Gary Graham said in a statement to Global News. “They are not self-driving systems, they still come with the responsibility of driving.”
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