A man was sleeping behind the wheel of a self-driving Tesla car traveling at 150 kilometers (93 miles) per hour.
Police have received a call about a 2019 Tesla Model S speeding on a motorway near the town of Ponoka in Alberta, Canada.
Authorities said the car was in self-drive mode with the front seats fully reclined and the driver and passengers sleeping.
It was traveling at a speed of 140 kilometers per hour, but when the police emergency lights were turned on, it was traveling at a speed of 150 kilometers per hour.
The 20-year-old driver was dragged out of the car before being charged with speeding and his license was suspended for 24 hours for fatigue.
The man from British Columbia has been charged with dangerous driving. He is scheduled to appear in court in December.
“While new vehicle manufacturers have built-in safety measures to prevent drivers from taking advantage of new vehicle safety features, those systems are only ancillary safety systems,” RCMP Traffic Services Superintendent Gary Abraham said in a statement.
“They are not self-driving systems. They still come with the responsibility of driving.”
Tesla’s website says the autopilot function will accelerate and brake for the car within its path, but the driver needs to be careful – this does not make the vehicle autonomous, he added.
This is just the latest report from a driver who alleged that Tesla had taken control of the car’s automated systems.
In August, a Tesla driver in North Carolina Police crashed into the car Allegedly saw a movie while his vehicle was in autopilot.
The audience was shocked The driver is asleep In August 2019, his vehicle was traveling on a California road.
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