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CHP: Tesla driver arrested for DUI says vehicle was on autopilot

CHP: Tesla driver arrested for DUI says vehicle was on autopilot

He allegedly told CHP he was in his Tesla, which was driving on autopilot.

He was driving on the Bay Bridge connecting San Francisco and Oakland when his vehicle apparently came to a stop around 5.30pm on Thursday, SFGATE reports. Due to some well-placed concerns stemming from Tesla owners posting absurd Autopilot videos online a few years back - including one of man who, with Autopilot engaged, made a decision to sit in the backseat - Tesla in recent years rolled out an update whereby drivers have to touch the steering wheel at least once every two minutes for Autopilot to remain on.

- A driver was arrested after passing out behind the wheel of a Tesla on the Bay Bridge.

While Tesla cars do offer an autopilot option, the mode still requires drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and stay alert.

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In response to this instance, a spokesperson for the company tells SFGATE that "autopilot is intended for use only with a fully attentive driver".

The driver was arrested and charged under suspicion of DUI and his Tesla was towed.

It appeared to have ended after more education about the driver assist system, but now a driver in California took it to an all new level.

'Car towed (no it didn't drive itself to the tow yard)'.


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