A motorist in Massachusetts has been filmed seemingly asleep whereas behind the wheel of a black Tesla Mannequin S on a motorway.
The video was shot by passerby Dakota Randall and reveals the male driver together with his head slumped over. A feminine passenger sitting subsequent to him additionally seems to be asleep because the automotive drives itself down the Massachusetts Turnpike, clearly with Autopilot enabled.
“Some man actually asleep on the wheel on the Mass Pike (good spot for it). Teslas are sick, I suppose?” Randall wrote on a Twitter submit the place the video was first revealed. The Mannequin S was reportedly touring at between 50 and 60 mph (80 km/h – 96 km/h) on the time the clip was filmed at three p.m. on Monday.
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Shortly after the video began to achieve traction, a Tesla spokesperson issued a press release suggesting that the clip might not even be actual.
“Many of those movies look like harmful pranks or hoaxes,” the spokesperson wrote. “Our driver-monitoring system repeatedly reminds drivers to stay engaged and prohibits the usage of Autopilot when warnings are ignored. At freeway speeds, drivers sometimes obtain warnings each 30 seconds or much less if their arms aren’t detected on the wheel. Tesla homeowners have pushed billions of miles utilizing Autopilot, and knowledge from our quarterly Car Security Report signifies that drivers utilizing Autopilot expertise fewer accidents than these working with out help.”
Randall says the incident was not a ‘hoax’, at the very least not on his half, and stated the individuals contained in the Tesla did certainly look like asleep.
— Dakota Randall (@DakRandall) September 10, 2019