Video: Driver falls asleep while Tesla runs at 90kmph on autopilot

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The nearly 30-second-long video shows both driver and passenger asleep.

By Web Report

Published: Wed 11 Sep 2019, 9:04 AM

Last updated: Wed 11 Sep 2019, 11:15 AM

Yet another video has emerged showing a Tesla driver asleep at the wheel while the car was speeding at 90kmh on autopilot function.
Filmed by a Massachusetts man, the video shows the driver and his front-seat passenger asleep, as they travelled down the Massachusetts Turnpike toll road in Boston. Dakota Randall who filmed the sleeping Tesla driver on Sunday, said that he drove alongside the car for about a minute.
According to reports in Independent, Randall, a sports journalist, posted the video on Twitter and wrote: 'Some guy literally asleep at the wheel on the Mass Pike (great place for it). Teslas are sick, I guess'? Randall added that the driver was deep asleep and did not wake up even when he sounded his horn at Tesla.

"I kind of looked over and saw what I thought was somebody asleep at the wheel and I was like that can't be right, so I did a double take, looked over and sure enough this guy was just, head between his legs completely asleep," The Guardian quoted Randall as saying in NBC10 Boston.
After the footage went viral with several Twitter users suggesting it to be "fake", a Tesla spokesperson said "many of these videos appear to be dangerous pranks or hoaxes". The spokesperson added that Tesla's driver-monitoring system repeatedly reminds drivers to remain engaged and prohibits the use of autopilot when warnings are ignored.
While police has yet to trace the Tesla driver, Randall responded to tweets and wrote: 'This was no hoax, at least not on my part. Maybe the people in the car were faking being asleep, but I'm sceptical'.
In a similar incident in June this year, another Tesla driver was filmed sleeping for at least 48kms on a busy Southern California road. According to reports in quoted in KT, the video was filmed by a passenger in a car next to the Tesla and showed the man dozing off as his car moved on cruise control.

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