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Tesla Autopilot. Driver caught by the police sleeping on the freeway!

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Tesla Autopilot. Driver caught by the police sleeping on the freeway!

It had been a while since the last news that an irresponsible Tesla electric car driver puts all the brand's fantastic work in jeopardy. Obviously, the controversy falls again on Autopilot technology, after a driver was caught by the police speeding on the highway … while he was sleeping!

The news was released by Alberta RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) on their official Twitter account, where they even posted a photo of the Tesla Model S in question.

Alberta RCMP received a complaint of a car speeding on Hwy 2 near #Ponoka. The car appeared to be self-driving, traveling over 140 km / h with both front seats completely reclined & occupants appeared to be asleep. The driver received a Dangerous Driving charge & summons for court pic.twitter.com/tr0RohJDH1

– RCMP Alberta (@RCMPAlberta) September 17, 2020

According to the report, the Model S was traveling at 140km / h on the highway with the Autopilot system active, as its “driver” had the seats fully reclined and was apparently sleeping. Interestingly, the police also revealed that once the emergency lights were activated for the vehicle to stop, it ended up accelerating momentarily to 150 km / h before decelerating to a standstill.

Irresponsible Tesla car drivers are the biggest barrier to technological advances

At this point, it should no longer be necessary to point out that Tesla's Autopilot is not an autonomous driving system, but a pack of smart features that are meant to assist while driving. But, despite the countless situations in which the manufacturer highlighted this fact, drivers continue to put themselves (and those around them) at risk, using Tesla cars in the opposite way to what is recommended.

Tesla has implemented a safety feature that forces the driver to apply a certain amount of pressure to the steering wheel constantly when Autopilot is active. However, even so, there are several reports of drivers who hung a weight on the steering wheel in order to simulate that pressure.

This is the type of mindset and attitude that continues to present itself as one of the biggest barriers to the evolution of these technologies. While Tesla struggles to prove its safe and profitable technology, it is (some) its own users who are sabotaging their efforts.

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