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Tesla driver sleeps while apparently using autopilot on highway

Tesla driver sleeps while apparently using autopilot on highway Tesla driver sleeps while apparently using autopilot on highway
Ginger Lawrence | 11 September, 2019, 05:59

Other Tesla drivers have recorded videos of them pretending to be asleep or "disappearing" as a hoax while using AutoPilot.

Video that surfaced on Twitter appears to show the driver behind a Tesla fast asleep as the vehicle speeds along the Massachusetts Turnpike Sunday. Dakota Randall, a passerby, videoed the Tesla doing 50-60 miles per hour at about 3 p.m. and posted the video to Twitter with the caption, "Some guy literally asleep at the wheel on the Mass Pike (great place for it). Teslas are sick, I guess?" he tweeted.

"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", Mr Randall told NBC News. "I'm always going to look to see if somebody's asleep".

The Massachusetts State Police told WBZ there's technically no law against falling asleep at the wheel of a self-driving vehicle, but it's not recommended. "At highway speeds, drivers typically receive warning every 30 seconds or less if their hands aren't detected on the wheel".

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This is the latest incident involving a driver seemingly asleep at the wheel of one of Tesla's cars.

"I thought I should record this, then I thought I shouldn't record this because it's also unsafe, but it was just so freakish I just had to get it on video", Randall said.

Teslas have an autopilot function, but the company says drivers are expected to remain alert. Since Tesla first began rolling out the poorly named feature in 2014, there have been several instances when drivers have been caught napping while their cars drive.