Friday, 02 July 2021 21:13

Tesla Owner Caught Sleeping Behind the Wheel on Autopilot

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs



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This isn't the first time we've seen a Tesla driver sleeping behind the wheel. We've also seen Tesla drivers pretending to be sleeping, exiting the driver's seat, playing with a phone or laptop and much more.

Tesla, just like other automakers, makes it very clear that you must keep your eyes on the road and be ready to take control at a moment's notice.


Most modern cars have advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS), and that's precisely what Tesla Autopilot is. It's a suite of ADAS similar to the Honda Sensing suite, Ford Co-Pilot360 and Toyota Safety Sense.


ADAS systems have been proven to save lives, and this is precisely why safety organizations encourage carmakers to implement them. In fact, some features are required for cars to get top honors in crash tests.


If a driver fails to use ADAS features as they're intended to be used, or goes out of their way to trick the systems, features that save lives can become features that take lives.


Thankfully, the Tesla owner in this video didn't get into an accident, but he could have killed himself, as well as other innocent drivers.


While there are certainly people who would purposely aim to take a nap in a moving Tesla on Autopilot, it's likely extremely uncommon. However, if a driver were to accidentally fall asleep in a car equipped with certain ADAS features, the technology might just work to save their lives, but it can't be counted on. 


At the same time, you can almost be certain to assume that...

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