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Tesla driver appears to be sleeping at the wheel on Massachusetts Turnpike

Tesla driver appears to be sleeping at the wheel on Massachusetts Turnpike

Tesla notes that according to their data driving with Autopilot on is safer than without, and noted that the videos of drivers happily sleeping behind the wheel is likely the result of pranksters playing a unsafe game of scaring fellow drivers, and overall likely damaging the EV cause.

The video was captured by Dakota Randall who noticed the driver was asleep while passing by.

A video of a driver appearing to sleep whilst at the wheel of a Tesla has raised eyebrows in the US. He didn't contact the police about the incident, even though he had the video to backup his story. Other Tesla drivers have recorded videos of them pretending to be asleep or "disappearing" as a hoax while using AutoPilot. The driver looks to be fast asleep with his head between his legs, while his passenger also looks to be sleeping heavily. Another driver! As much as I enjoy the proof instead of a tall tale that can get more elastic with the retelling, this, too, is just not cool.

Tesla responded that their cars already had engagement monitoring, as users had to torque the steering wheel regularly to show that they are paying attention.

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Massachusetts State Police said there are no laws on the books specifically banning sleeping behind the wheel of a self-driving vehicle. "At highway speeds, drivers typically receive warnings every 30 seconds or less if their hands aren't detected on the wheel", the Tesla spokesperson said.

Speaking to WHDH, Randall said he drove alongside the vehicle for almost a minute and beeped the horn, but the driver didn't wake up.

Per a report in CNBC, the video showed both the driver and passenger asleep in the Tesla vehicle that's on Autopilot.


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